Author Biography

Christopher Nagle is Associate Professor of English and Gender & Women’s Studies at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era (Palgrave Macmillan), and essays on a wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, including Jane Austen, Sydney Owenson, Letitia Landon, and Ann Batten Cristall. He is currently working on a book-length study of Austen adaptation and appropriation across various media.


This essay explores strategies for teaching Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Fanny Hill) in the introductory literature classroom, and why it might be especially valuable to do so at a time when issues surrounding sexual violence, rape culture, and the politics of consent continue to be prominent inside and outside the college classroom.


John Cleland, Eliza Haywood, Aphra Behn, teaching, pedagogy, feminist, sexuality, theory, #MeToo