Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature

Royal Holloway, University of London

Research expertise

Eighteenth-century literature and culture ; Laurence Sterne ; groups and coteries such as the Bluestockings and the Scriblerians ; private theatricals in the long nineteenth century.


Objets Pratiques Concepts

Gin and the Gin Craze

The juniper-flavoured spirit, gin, was highly popular in the eighteenth century. The ‘Gin Craze’ swept through the poorer districts of London in particular, leading to widespread concern that its deleterious effects on the health of the labouring classes could precipitate a national decline.