Ros Ballaster is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in the Faculty of English, Oxford University and Professorial Fellow of English at Mansfield College, Oxford. She has published widely in the field of eighteenth-century literature and has particular research interests in women’s writing, oriental fiction, and the interaction of prose fiction and the theatre. She is the editor of The History of British Women's Writing, 1690 - 1750: Volume Four (History of British Women’s Writing (2010) . Seductive Forms: Women’s Amatory Fiction 1684-1740 was published in 1992 and Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785 in 2005. Ros has edited works by Jane Austen and Delariver Manley. She is currently working on a book about the novel and the theatre in Georgian London and the early fruits of her thinking can be seen on a recently launched project website at http://georgiantheatrenovel.wordpress.com/. Her article about the foundation of a women’s studies master’s course in the humanities at Oxford University appeared in a collection of 2012 : ‘Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Studies: Designing and Delivering a Course in Gender at Postgraduate Level’, in Teaching Gender (Teaching the New English) ed. by Alice Ferrebe and Fiona Tolan.