Dr Katherine Aske

  • Research Assistant
  • she/her

After completing her PhD in eighteenth-century literature at Loughborough University in 2015, Aske undertook a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Université de Bretagne Occidentale in 2016, working on the ‘DIGITENS: Digital Encyclopaedia of European Sociability’ project. She has since held several academic positions in editing, research, and transcription, and currently works as a Senior Research Assistant for Northumbria University on the AHRC-funded Sterne Digital Library, and the Research Assistant on the NEH-AHRC-funded AEOLIAN project at Loughborough University.

Dr Katherine Aske is a literature scholar currently working within the medical humanities, and examining proto-dermatology in the long eighteenth century. Her doctoral thesis focussed on physiognomy and the understanding of female beauty within eighteenth-century literature. She has written several articles and chapters on the subjects of physiognomy, skincare, Swift’s scatological poetry, and beauty. Aske is currently working on her first monograph, Being Pretty: Understanding Beauty in the Long Eighteenth Century.

External Activities

  • Editorial Board Member and Assistant Editor for DIGITENS
  • Theatre Reviews Editor for BSECS Criticks
  • Events Organiser for the Novel Impressions Network

Memberships and Groups

  • Scholarly Editing and Print Culture Research Group, Northumbria University
  • Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Group, Northumbria University
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature and Visual Culture Research Network
  • The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
  • The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)

Books:

  • Being Pretty: Understanding Beauty in the Long Eighteenth Century, monograph (in preparation, under consideration by Bloomsbury)

Edited Collections:

  • with Alex Bellemare, et al, eds., Participation, Collaboration, Association: Communities, Exchanges, Politics and Philosophies in the Eighteenth Century (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2021) [under contract; forthcoming]
  • with Kimberley Page-Jones, eds., L’insociable sociabilité: résistances et resilience, vol. 6, Transversales (Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, 2017)

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “To level those monstrous Blotches or Pustules’: Skincare in De Morbis Cutaneis (1714)’, in Myth and Misinformation: Constructing the Medical Professions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century English Literature and Culture, ed. by Clark Lawlor, Allan Ingram, and Helen Williams [publisher TBC] (under consideration by Manchester University Press)
  • ‘Beautiful Women in the Eighteenth-Century Novel’, The Edinburgh Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Arts, eds. M.-C. Newbould and Jakub Lipski (in preparation for submission 2021, Edinburgh University Press)
  • ‘Sharing Skincare Secrets in Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture’, Participation, Collaboration, Association: Communities, Exchanges, Politics and Philosophies in the Eighteenth-Century (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2021) [under contract; forthcoming]
  • ‘“Such Gaudy Tulips Raised from Dung”: Cosmetics, Disease and Morality in Jonathan Swift’s Dressing-Room Poetry’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Special Edition: Fashion and Illness in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature and Culture, ed. by Clark Lawlor, 40, 4 (December 2017). Top ten most downloaded article in 2017–2018 (JECS)
  • “He at first sight cou’d each Ones Fortune tell’: Physiognomy and Fortune-Telling in the Early to Mid-Eighteenth Century’, Great Expectations: Futurity in the Long Eighteenth Century, eds. Mascha Hansen and Jürgen Klein (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012)