Serena is a fourth-year English major at Simon Fraser University.

Do you have any research interests? What are they? 

My research explores the achievements of women in the long 18th century, with a particular focus on Jane Austen’s novels and manuscript works. I aim to discover how women were educated and socialized during Austen’s time, examining their thought processes and actions within rigid societal norms.

How did you get involved with the WPHP? 

One of our lovely RAs, Julianna Wagar introduced me to the project upon learning about my passion for women’s writing in the Restoration and 18th century English literature. Therefore, I was super excited to continue researching women’s contributions to print and publication in the long 18th century.

Do you have a favourite entry that you’ve worked on? What is it/why? 

I have recently been working on verifying the various editions of Eliza Haywood’s “Love in excess; or the fatal enquiry: a novel.” It's surprising to me that I hadn't encountered this novel earlier, considering it's one of Haywood's most renowned works. After thoroughly enjoying her exploration of gender dynamics, identity, and sexuality in Fantomina, which I read during a lower division English course, I couldn’t wait to delve into the pages of “Love in Excess!”

What is something surprising that you’ve learned while working on the WPHP?

How publishers put the authors of popular works on their title pages to make the titles sell better (aka liars!). Delarivier Manley's “The New Atalantis,” for example, became immensely popular, which led publishers to capitalize on her name by attributing it to works she hadn't authored. As a result, her name would be listed as an author to boost sales, even when she had no involvement in the production of the text. This can sometimes make title-checking and verification a bit tricky!

What is your hometown? 

I am originally from Pitt Meadows, BC, but now reside in the beautiful scenery of Maple Ridge, BC! 

Do you have any pets? 

I have two adorable and lovable cats my partner and I adopted in 2022 named Sadie and Max. Sadie is a calico tabby and Max is a tuxedo cat who both love to snuggle and play with their catnip-infused toys.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t working on the WPHP?

Recently, I have been catching up on some of my favourite TV shows! I just finished watching Gilmore Girls and Modern Family, and I am currently watching The Big Bang Theory. I also enjoy walking, hiking, and checking out trendy cafés and restaurants.

What is your favourite book and/or film? 

I’m going to have to give it to my favourite classic, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. My all time favourite film is Back to the Future