I'm a lecturer in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature here at MMU. My research centres on women's writing from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. However, my wider research interests encompass Irish literature, eighteenth-century imperialism, Romantic Orientalism, feminist criticism and postcolonial theory. My research also draws on a wide range of disciplines including history, politics, philosophy, theatre history and material culture.
I am also employability champion and schools liaison co-ordinator for the department.
I'm committed to active and engaged teaching and believe that a dynamic classroom stimulates students’ curiosity and engagement. I'm eager to explore alternative teaching methods and use innovative strategies that help foster a positive and friendly learning environment. I'm also active in encouraging students to communicate any anxieties they may have in relation to their studies and always listen attentively to their concerns.
BA (Hons) Archaeology and English
MA English (Modern Literary Studies)
PhD English (Thesis: “Irish Women Writers and the Orient, 1760-1830: Gender, Nation and Empire”)
I previously held an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin and taught for six years at Queen's University Belfast.
English School's Liaison Co-ordinator
Employability Champion for Department of English
I teach Approaches to Poetry, Enlightenment and Modernism and Shakespeare.
I also teach on the Gothic strand of the MA in English Studies, on a unit entitled 'The Rise of the Gothic'.
Women's writing c.1670-1840, Irish literature, eighteenth-century imperialism, Romantic Orientalism, Irish feminist criticism and postcolonial theory
S. Lawrenson (2019). "“The Prismatic Medium of Fancy”: Female Authorship, Popular Culture, and Technological Modernity in Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan’s Florence Macarthy (1818)". Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840.
S. Lawrenson (2012). Revolution, Rebellion and a Rajah from Rohilkhand: Recontextualizing Elizabeth Hamilton's Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah. Studies in Romanticism. 51(2), pp.125-147.
S. Lawrenson (2011). Frances Sheridan's The History of Nourjahad and the Sultan of Smock-Alley. Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá Chultúr. 26, pp.24-50.
SM. Lawrenson (2020). Ireland and Empire: Popular Fiction in the Wake of the Union. In: Irish Literature in Transition, 1780-1830.. Cambridge University Press,
SM. Lawrenson (2019). Prudence and Prejudice in Maria Edgeworth’s ‘Murad the Unlucky’. In: Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947 Daniel S. Roberts and Jonathan Jeffrey Wright. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan,
S. Lawrenson (2018). 'Who Is It That Thou Callest a Slave?': Oriental Despotism and Enlightenment Liberty in Frances Sheridan's The History of Nourjahad. In: Enlightenment Liberties/Libertés des Lumières. Paris, France: Éditions Honoré Champion, pp.201-232.
S. Lawrenson (2014). 'The country chosen of my heart': The comic cosmopolitanism of The Orientalist, or, electioneering in Ireland, a tale, by myself. S. Davies, DS. Roberts, G. Espinosa. In: India and Europe in the global eighteenth century. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, pp.101-122.
S. Lawrenson (2014). Imperial Interrelations in Maria Edgeworth’s Essay on Irish Bulls (1802). A. Tucker, M. Casey. In: Where Motley Is Worn: Transnational Irish Literatures. Cork, Ireland: Cork UP, pp.159-176.
“From Literary Ladies to the New Woman: Maria Edgeworth’s Critical Reception at the Fin de Siècle.” Presented at Century’s End: Re-evaluating Literature, Art and Culture at the fin de siècle. Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2008.
“Frances Sheridan's History of Nourjahad and the Sultan of Smock-Alley.” Presented to the Eighteenth-Century Literature Research Network in Ireland, Public Library, Armagh, Northern Ireland, 2008.
“Revolution, Rebellion and the Raj: Recontextualizing Elizabeth Hamilton’s Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah.” Presented to the Association of Franco-Irish Studies 5th Annual Conference, University College Cork, Rep. of Ireland, May 2009.
“Irish Women Writers of the Late Eighteenth Century: Gender, Nation, Empire and Enlightenment.” Presented at the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Early Career Seminar. Indiana University, USA, July 2012.
“The Comic Cosmopolitanism of The Orientalist, or, Electioneering in Ireland (1820)”. North West Nineteenth-Century Seminar, April 2013.
Radical Women, Mary Wollstonecraft: People's History Museum, Manchester, May 2015.
Anthony Burgess's Shakespeare: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, September 2015.
Lead Organiser: Ireland & Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Initiative (AHRC). Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2009-2013.
Ireland & Modernity explored both past and contemporary configurations of modernity within Irish studies, examining the manifold and ever evolving responses to modernity that have shaped Irish cultural and artistic production over centuries. It was launched via a three-day interdisciplinary conference and hosted a number of keynote lectures and postgraduate workshops.
Doctoral Award: The Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2005 – 2009
Overseas Conference Award: The Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009
Collaborative Research Training Scheme: The Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009
Early Career Conference Bursary: British Association of Romantic Studies, 2011
Research Fellowship: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011-2012
My commitment to community outreach is demonstrated through my development of an outreach project with An Droichead Cultural Centre and School. By fostering links between An Droichead and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University Belfast, I achieved university involvement in an exciting literary project, which saw English postgraduates leading creative writing workshops within the school and the school children visiting the university to attend an interactive reading by a local children’s author.