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Profile: Dr Jennifer Shepherd

Dr Jennifer Shepherd

The Open University, English Department

Jennifer joined The Open University in 2005, as a level one arts tutor on A103 (An Introduction to the Humanities). She went on to teach AA100 (The Arts Past and Present) and A230 (Reading and Studying Literature) before taking up the role of Staff Tutor in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing in 2019.

Research interests

Jennifer’s current research focuses on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century transatlantic literary history, women’s writing, middlebrow studies and the history of the book. Her publications include articles on Edith Wharton and fashion, early literary representations of the motoring movement in Britain and developments in genre in turn-of-the-century fiction. 

Her current projects examine discourses around glamour in women’s writing of the interwar period (including the work of Edith Wharton, Gertrude Atherton and Elinor Glyn on one side of the Atlantic, and Elizabeth von Arnim and Virginia Woolf on the other) and the book covers of Elizabeth von Arnim’s first work, Elizabeth and Her German Garden (initially published in 1898).

Teaching interests

Jennifer has taught on a range of OU modules, as well as having managed tuition on A224 (Inside Music), A105 (Voices, Texts and Material Culture), AA100 (The Arts Past and Present), and A111 (Discovering the Arts and Humanities). She is also a member of the module team for A230 (Reading and Studying Literature).  

Dr Jennifer Shepherd's activities

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