The Lady with the Balloon Hat

The Lady with the Balloon Hat

Vagaries and Fancies around "Opening Romanticism: Reimagining Romantic Drama for New Audiences" (Grant agreement ID: 892230)

Author: Francesca Saggini

Dr Francesca Saggini is Professor in English Literature at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo), Italy. Francesca is the author of, among others, The Gothic Novel and the Stage. Romantic Appropriations (2015, Honourable mention at the ESSE Book Awards), Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts (2012, Walken Cowen Memorial Prize for an outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies). In 2019, she completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh where her project, Frances Burney and the Muses, explored the connection between Burney and the “muses,” a metaphor for the arts and for the feminine creative process. Francesca will undertake a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh from July 2021. The fellowship research project aims to restore the cultural depth to Frances Burney's small tragic production that has been lost over time. By using digital methods alongside literary analysis, Francesca intends to construct an expanding multimedia ecology for Burney’s tragedies - a capacious mediascape that aspires to reproduce, through contemporary tools and channels of communication, the Romantic theatre experience.

Romantic Resources: Theatre and Drama. A record for scholars and students. by Fran Saggini is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0. Based on a work at I have pout together a bibliography of online, free resources in the area of Romantic Theatre and Drama.  I shall add new entries as we […]

Putting to good use some of the Digital Skills Courses I took to reach out to the public. A little video to promote my new book on Frances Burney and the Arts. Enjoy! by Fran Saggini is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0. Based on a work at

Today’s task was a follow up to my previous Women in Red wikipediathon, and I have done some pretty good work. (Flourish of own small trumpet.) I have added the section below (with image to boot), and several links to essential reference work, including Sophie Marie Coulombeau, ‘New Perspectives on the Burney Family’, Special issue […]

SKINNY PRESENTATION Bars Digital Events – Copy Introducing OpeRaNew ppt presentation by Francesca Saggini is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0. Based on a work at

As I was carrying out research about the discourses of authorship in Frances Burney in the 1770s and 1780s, I came across this article by Peter Sabor Intriguingly, Sabor mentions a correspondence between Dr Burney and a Frenchman, the philosopher and politician Jacques Pierre Brissot, who made enquiries about reproducing a portrait of Frances […]

  Today I spent a great few hours learning how to write and edit a Wikipedia entry. @Wikipedia entry My entry of choice was, predictably, Frances Burney. Wikipedia is the first port of call for anybody interested in a quick look at a topic or person. Therefore, I think that working on an author’s […]

  The Room and the World. Frances Burney’s paper Houses by Francesca Saggini is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0. Based on a work at I gave this talk on 27 October 2021. Part of my research into the material context of Burney’s work, to support a reflection on allusions and […]


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