Ros Ballaster is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in the Faculty of English, Oxford University.  She has published widely in the field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and has particular research interests in women’s writing and the rise of the novel, oriental fiction, and the interaction of prose fiction and the theatre. She is the editor of Delarivier Manley, The New Atalantis (1993), Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (Penguin, 2004); and author of Seductive Forms: Women’s Amatory Fiction 1684-1740 (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785 (Oxford University Press, 2005). For further information see