Dr Sonja Lawrenson is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. Her research centres on women’s writing in eighteenth-century and Romantic Ireland. She has published on authors such as Frances Sheridan, Elizabeth Hamilton, Sydney Owenson, and Maria Edgeworth, and more broadly on Irish transnationalism, Enlightenment Orientalisms, Romantic print culture, and the eighteenth-century Irish stage. She is currently preparing a short monograph entitled Maria Edgeworth and the Gothic for Cambridge University Press and co-editing a special issue of the journal Gothic Studies entitled Melmoth’s Global Afterlives, with Dr Matt Foley. She is co-director of the “Long Nineteenth-Century Network” at Manchester Met and co-host of the “North-West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar”.