King, Rachael Scarborough

Associate Professor


Ph.D., New York University
B.A., Columbia University

Rachael Scarborough King studies the literature and media of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in newspapers, periodicals, and letters. She is the author of Writing to the World: Letters and the Origins of Modern Print Genres (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) and editor of After Print: Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Cultures (University of Virginia Press, 2020). She completed her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at New York University, and her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. At NYU, she was the recipient of a MacCracken Fellowship, the Halsband Fellowship in Eighteenth-Century Studies, and a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.


Writing to the World: Letters and the Origins of Modern Print Genres. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

"All the News That's Fit to Write: The Eighteent-Century Manuscript Newsletter." Travelling Chronicles: News and Newspapers from the Early Modern Period to the Eighteenth Century. Eds. Siv Gøril Brandtzæg, Paul Goring and Christine Watson. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 95-118. (Open Access)

‘[L]et a girl read’: Periodicals and Women’s Literary Canon Formation.” Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century. The Edinburgh History of Women’s Periodical Culture in Britain, Vol. 1. Eds. Jennie Batchelor and Manushag Powell. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

The Pleasures of ‘the World’: Rewriting Epistolarity in Burney, Edgeworth, and Austen.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 29.1 (Fall 2016): 67-89.

The Manuscript Newsletter and the Rise of the Newspaper, 1665-1715.” Huntington Library Quarterly 79.3 (Autumn 2016): 411-437.

‘Interloping with my Question-Project’: Debating Genre in John Dunton’s and Daniel Defoe’s Epistolary Periodicals.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 44 (2015): 121-142.

Letters from the Highlands: Scribal Publication and Media Shift in Victorian Scotland.” Book History 17 (2014): 298-320.



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Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature


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