Ruth Knezevich

I am a doctoral candidate at the University in Missouri, studying 18th-century British Literature and Romanticism. My dissertation-in-progress, entitled "Narrative as Archive: Ethnographic Paratexts in British Literature, 1760-1830," explores the ethno-historical footnote in narrative poetry and novels of the 18th and 19th centuries. Additionally, I serve on the editorial staff for the Journal of Oral Tradition. For more on my research and professional development, please visit

Betsy Austin and Hannah Lewis: Female Entrepreneurs in Jane Austen’s Transatlantic World

Rachel Pringle of Barbadoes (1796) By Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2015

In our recent article in Modern Philology, “Jane Austen’s Afterlife,” Devoney Looser and I discuss Jane Austen’s literary legacy and its connection through her naval brother with two Barbadian freewomen: Betsy Austin (d. 1848) and Hannah Lewis (c. 1792), two women who ran successful hotels in Bridgetown, Barbados. We describe two newly published letters by…