Sara Penn is an MA Candidate in Simon Fraser University's Department of English and has worked on the WPHP since December 2018.
Where to start?! I’m researching the prostitute narratives of eighteenth-century chapbook publisher, Ann Lemoine. What is the literary significance of recovering Lemoine’s prostitute chapbooks? What do her prostitute chapbooks tell us about the social history and representation of prostitutes? How does her work impact England’s book history? In undertaking this research, I hope to find new insights into England’s literary history during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
I formally met Prof. Levy at a women’s book history conference a few summers ago. She presented work on WPHP and I felt inspired. I emailed her asking if she needed any help with the database and she hired me as an RA a week later. For anyone hoping to get involved with a project––just ask!
I’ve been tasked with adding Ann Lemoine’s 270 books to the database. I wouldn’t call this the “worst” task because her works are directly related to my research, but it was certainly tedious to add the same publisher again and again...
I’m a proud cat mom to two Russian Blues, Starsky and Hutch. We adopted them a month after moving in together when they were six months old. (I don’t recommend this.)
I’m learning how to ride a bike this summer. My wrist, knee, and elbow pads have proven themselves to be a worthwhile investment. I’m also experimenting with tofu fried “chicken” recipes, a delicious but dangerous pursuit.