Tiffany Potter

Most of my research career has focused on eighteenth-century studies, with a particular interest in notions of gender, identity, and sexuality, starting with studies of libertinism (including work on Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Aphra Behn, Mary Davys and Eliza Haywood), then shifting across the Atlantic to consider representations of Indigenous North American women in both fiction and ostensibly historical contact and captivity narratives.

Both of these fields have intersected with my interest in eighteenth-century theatre, and I have published editions of Robert Rogers' 1766 play, Ponteach, or the Savages of America: A Tragedy and Elizabeth Cooper's delightfully edgy, witty 1735 comedy, The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine.

Since 2005, I have also been working in television studies, editing collections with CW Marshall on HBO's series The Wire (arguably the best thing television has ever done) and on the re-visioned Battlestar Galactica (which uses the cover of science fiction to critique post-9/11 American culture and politics).

The two threads of my recent research come together in my current project on eighteenth-century women and popular culture, which considers both the historical naturalization of the feminine and the popular, and modern representations of eighteenth-century women in fiction, film and television.