Earla Wilputte


Earla Wilputte

Campus Location
Nicholson Tower Rm 417
(902) 867-3850

Ph.D. (English) University of Toronto

M.A. (English) University of Toronto

B.A. Specialist in English, University of Toronto

Awards: Recipient of the St. F.X. Outstanding Teaching Award, 2004-2005


My research and teaching focus on Eighteenth Century literature from 1660 to about 1765. I teach courses on Restoration Comedy, Coffeehouse Culture, 18th-Century Novels, the Whore, the Coquette, Melancholy and Madness, and Gothic literature.

My interests are wide-ranging, but lately my research has focused on women novelists Eliza Haywood, and Sarah Fielding, and poet Martha Fowke; the Hillarian circle, a coterie of male and female writers including Aaron Hill, Haywood, Fowke and Richard Savage; figurative language, and how reading and writing communicate emotions and ideas. I am intrigued by the human relationships portrayed within fictional works and those of the real-life authors (especially women) as they attempt to navigate social rules and restrictions to publish their work.



Passion and Language in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Aesthetic Sublime in the Work of Eliza Haywood, Aaron Hill, and Martha Fowke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Adventures of Eovaai, Princess of Ijaveo. By Eliza Haywood. With critical introduction, notes and appendices. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1999.

Three Novellas by Eliza Haywood: The Distress’d Orphan, The City Jilt, and The Double Marriage. With critical introduction and notes. East Lansing, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1995.


“Sarah Fielding’s Double Stratagem in The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia,” Studies in English Literature 61, 3 (Summer 2021) (in press).

“Teaching Literary Communities: The Tea Table, Eliza Haywood, and the Hillarian Circle.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood, ed. Tiffany Potter. New York: MLA Publications, 2020. Pp. 162-8.

“Fetters and Free-Thinking: Cylinda’s Conceptual Metaphors in Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier’s The Cry.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30, 1 (2017): 89-108.

“The Politics of Servitude: ‘The Husband’s Resentment. In Two Examples’ in Delarivier Manley’s The Power of Love.” New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth-Century Literature: Power, Sex and Text. Eds. Aleksondra Hultquist and Elizabeth J. Mathews. New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. 30-42.

“Haywood’s Tabloid Journalism: Dalinda: or, The Double Marriage and the Cresswell Bigamy Case.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Special Edition: New Approaches to Eliza Haywood: The Political Biography and Beyond, 14, 4 (2015): 122-142.

“The Sham Spirit of the Age.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Henry Fielding, eds. Elizabeth Kraft and Jennifer Wilson. New York: MLA Publications, 2015. Pp. 157-162.

“‘Paper cannot blush’: Martha Fowke, an 18th-century Abandoned Woman.” Women and Language: Essays on Gendered Communication across Media. Eds. Melissa Ames and Sarah Himsel Burcon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland 2011. Pp. 45-58.

“Eliza Haywood’s Poems on Several Occasions: Aaron Hill, Writing and the Sublime.” Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in their Lives, Work and Culture 6 (2011): 79-102.

“Midwife for the Mind: Delivering the Passions in Aaron Hill’s The Plain Dealer (1724):” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 31, 1 (2008): 1-15.

“‘Too ticklish to meddle with’: The Silencing of The Female Spectator’s Political Correspondents.” Fair Philosopher: Eliza Haywood and The Female Spectator. Eds. Donald J. Newman and Lynn Marie Wright. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006. Pp. 122-140.

“Parody in Eliza Haywood’s A Letter from H---- G----g, Esq.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17, 2 (2005): 207-230.

“Harridans and Heroes: Female Revenge and the Masculine Duel in Selected Works by Jane Barker, Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood.” Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in their Lives, Work and Culture 4 (2006): 27-51.

“The History of Charles XII of Sweden in Haywood’s The Fortunate Foundlings.” Eighteenth-Century Novel 2 (2002): 23-44.

“Eliza Haywood’s Frederick, Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburgh.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 41, 3 (Summer, 2001): 499-514. Reprinted in Literature Criticism 1400 to 1800. Vol. 177. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2010. Pp. 58-65.

“‘Women buried’: Henry Fielding and Feminine Absence.” The Modern Language Review 95, 2 (2000): 324-336.

“Wife Pandering in Three Eighteenth-Century Plays.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 38, 3 (Summer, 1998): 447-464.

“Margaret Cavendish’s Imaginary Voyage to The Blazing World: Mapping a Feminine Discourse.” TransAtlantic Crossings: Eighteenth-Century Explorations. Ed. Nichol, Bulgin, Hannaford and Wilson. St. John’s: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1995. Pp. 109-117.

“Gender Inversions in Haywood’s The Distress’d Orphan; or, Love in a Mad-house.” Lumen 14 (1995): 49-61.

“The Textual Architecture of Eliza Haywood’s Adventures of Eovaai.” Essays in Literature 22, 1 (1995): 31-44.

“Ambiguous Language and Ambiguous Gender: The ‘Bisexual’ Text of Shamela.” The Modern Language Review 89, 3 (1994): 561-571. Reprinted in Literature Criticism 1400 to 1800. Vol. 85. Ed. Michael L. LaBlanc. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2003. Pp.154-161.

“The Autodiegetic Power of Jonathan Wild’s Mrs. Heartfree: The Moderately Good Wife.” Durham University Journal 84, 2 (1992): 229-234.

“‘A Friendly Conspiracy’: Sexual Power-Plays in Fielding’s Early Comedies.” Wascana Review 24, 2 (1990): 17-32.