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Mrs Miranda Reading

Research interests

Miranda's main area of interest is the intellectual basis of what might be termed 'conservative' thought and attitudes to the reform of morals in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.  'Conservative' is an umbrella term for those with sympathies for what has been variously termed 'church and king', 'patriotic', 'loyalist', 'supportive of the status quo' and above all 'morally conservative' in their thinking and Miranda is researching the contribution of those below the societal elite to moral reform campaigns.


Miranda is examining how such associational groups sought to construct ideals and intervene in debates, as well as examining if the imperative for reform meant something different or presented a different aspect to those lower down the social scale. Miranda also looks at whether the participation of these groups affected the character and scale of such movements and seeks to define the rhetorical construction, the mind-set and the self of these moral conservatives in different localities.


Other areas of interest include politeness and the physicality of politeness in the eighteenth century, the history of dance in the eighteenth century and the social management of groups between 1750 and 1820.


Biographical details

Miranda's undergraduate degree was in Law before she turned her interest to history and studied for an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at King's College London. Since October 2014 she has been a PhD candidate in the History department at King's.

Participation in conference

BSECS Annual Conference 2019 -

Arthur Burns (Chair), Miranda Jane Reading (Speaker)
5 Jan 2019

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