Rachel Feldberg, winner of the 2019/20 dissertation prize, introduces us to her work on "Absent Bodies?: Illness, Embodiment and the Articulation of Gender, Winifred and William Constable (1768-1773)" Anton von Maron (1733-1808). Portrait of William and Winifred Constable depicted as Marcius Porcius Cato and his wife Marcia, 1773. Oil on canvas. Leeds Museums and Galleries/The Burton… Continue reading 2019/20 MA Dissertation Prize
By Kathryn Holdsworth Dissertation Overview My MA dissertation research focused on the role of gossip in late eighteenth-century adultery narratives, exploring the relationship between gossip and the formation and circulation of knowledge about women. Drawing on two criminal conversation trials and one novel as case studies (Worsley v Bissett, 1782; Duberly v Gunning, 1792 and Edgeworth’s 1801… Continue reading 2018/19 MA Dissertation Prize
By Alice Rhodes This May, thanks to the BARS Stephen Copley Research Award, I was able to spend a week in Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, carrying out research into poet and political orator turned speech therapist, John Thelwall’s “Derby Manuscript”. The collection, contained within three volumes of notebooks and spanning almost a… Continue reading John Thelwall Manuscripts at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library
By Jenny Buckley Earlier this year I was delighted to be able to explore the rich holdings of eighteenth-century periodicals in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to a two-month AHRC IPS Fellowship, I’m now in a great position to finish work on my PhD thesis, which examines the influence of the periodical… Continue reading Award Report: Harry Ransom Center AHRC IPS Fellowship
By Harrie Neal With thanks to BARS and the Stephen Copley Bursary that enabled me to visit Chawton House in September this year. Thanks also goes to everyone at Chawton House, especially Darren Bevin and Clio O’Sullivan, for helping me navigate the library’s collection of Maria Edgeworth’s children’s tales about animals, which is the focus… Continue reading Animals, Apples, and Climate Change: A Chawton House Visit
By Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds This summer I was delighted to be let loose for one month in the rich collections of the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. Thanks to their Visiting Fellowship, I commence my third year of doctoral research with a vast array of unique visual material to support my literary enquiry into the role… Continue reading Award Report: Lewis Walpole Library Visiting Fellowship
By Jennifer Buckley This year, I had the honour of being the recipient of the QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship to support my PhD project on periodical print culture in the early eighteenth century (1700-1760); the research that I am currently undertaking has a particular focus on fictionality and 'false news'. I spent my time in London… Continue reading Award Report: QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship
By Madeleine Pelling This year, I had the honour of being awarded the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Anniversary Bursary for my proposed research into the little-know Bluestocking, courtier, and diarist Mary Hamilton (1756-1816). Using the rich archive of Hamilton’s diaries, letters and antiquarian manuscripts held at the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester) in combination… Continue reading Award Report: Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Anniversary Bursary
Many of our PhD students have received awards this term to assist them with travel to archives, libraries, and collections that are relevant to their research. Congratulations go to: Madeleine Pelling – Women’s Studies Group Bursary Rebecca Simpson - Women’s Studies Group Bursary Elizabeth Spencer - BECC/BSECS Travel Award Harriet Neal - BARS Stephen Copley Award Jennifer… Continue reading Student Success!
Congratulations again to one of our CECS doctoral students, Anna Mercer, on being awarded a Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award this year. This is a highly competitive annual bursary scheme run by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in order to support postgraduate research in the UK or aboard. Anna will be going to the USA for her research trip:… Continue reading Another award for Anna
Congratulations to one of our English Phd students, Anna Mercer, for winning the runner-up Keats-Shelley essay prize, awarded annually by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. Her essay was entitled 'Beyond Frankenstein: the Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley', and is based on her thesis work. Carol Ann Duffy was the prize chair this year. There's more… Continue reading Keats-Shelley essay prize success
Late December saw the announcement of the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. All 4 of the departments involved in CECS – Archaeology, English and Related Literatures, History of Art, and History – came in the top five in their relevant subject category. This speaks volumes for the quality of research being produced by… Continue reading Congratulations on REF results
I'm just back from another month in the United States, this time thanks to a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. The AAS is one of the oldest research libraries in the U.S. -- it celebrated its bicentennial in 2012 -- and it's principally a library of printed material rather than manuscripts. Their newspaper collection is especially awesome,… Continue reading Further adventures in the U.S.
I I was reliably informed that the snow never settles in Philadelphia, but I've been here a month and the stuff refuses to shift. Taking up a library fellowship on the east coast in January may not be my smartest move, but I've been finding some great material at the Library Company and the Historical… Continue reading In Philadelphia