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Celebrating Hester Thrale Piozzi (1741–1821)

Sep 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This three-day conference will be held via Zoom webinar. Registration is required to attend; please visit the event webpage for details.

Organized by Sophie Coulombeau (University of York) and Felicity Nussbaum (UCLA)

Hosted by the UCLA Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and co-sponsored by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.

This conference celebrates the life and writings of Hester Lynch Salusbury Thrale Piozzi upon the bicentenary of her death. The conference will contribute to the ongoing reassessment of her much-neglected and seriously underestimated writings; illuminate her relationships with the Bluestockings; and explore how she bridged private and public spheres by translating informal conversation, improvisational dialogue, and performative sociability into text. As well as scholarly papers, the conference will feature the debut reading of Witty Woman, a new play about Hester Thrale Piozzi’s life, written by Felicity Nussbaum and directed by Michael Hackett, UCLA.


Lisa Berglund, Buffalo State College
Sophie Coulombeau, University of York
Elizabeth Edwards, University of Wales Trinity St. David
Emily C. Friedman, Auburn University
Mascha Hansen, University of Greifswald
Devoney Looser, Arizona State University
Kathleen Lubey, St. John’s University
Jon Mee, University of York
Gillian Russell, University of York
Lindsay Rose Russell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cassandra Ulph, University of Manchester

Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723-1792)
Mrs. Thrale and her Daughter Hester (Queeney), 1781
Oil on canvas
140.3 x 148.6 cm
Gift of Lord Beaverbrook
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, accession number 1959.178


Sep 24, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
Clark Library