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Dr Gillian Dow 

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Gillian Dow is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton.

 I was appointed to English as Chawton Research Fellow in 2005 and made a Lecturer in January 2009. Since February 2012, my role is Director of Research at Chawton House Library. There, I organise a programme of evening lectures and events, including conferences, and administer the Visiting Fellowship programme, which is run jointly with the Faculty of Humanities.  Before arriving in Southampton, I studied at the University of Glasgow, and was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol College, Oxford. I have taught at several Oxford colleges, and at the Université Paris XII.

I teach on undergraduate courses, and on the MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at Southampton. I am Deputy Director of the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Gillian Dow is seconded to Chawton House Library as Executive Director in 2014-2016, and can be contacted there on 01420 541010





Research interests

 I have research interests in translation and reception history, including the reception of French literature in Britain and the cross-channel migration of ideas in the period 1780-1830. My work to date has focused on European women writers and readers of that period. I have an interest in Jane Austen and contemporary literature and culture, and in the rise of the novel in the long 18th century more generally. I would be happy to supervise projects in all of these areas. 

I have several publication projects forthcoming related to my current research. A chapter on the influence of the French novel on the English novel for The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel (ed J A Downie), will be published in 2013.
With Clare Hanson, I have edited a collection of essays, Uses of Austen: Jane's Afterlives.
An essay on ‘Translation' for a new Cambridge Companion to Pride and Prejudice (ed. Janet Todd) is forthcoming in 2013. I am on the Management Committee of COST Action IS0901: Women's Writing in History, financed by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) until 2013. The COST Action will promote the preparation of a European research project to lay the groundwork for a new history of European women's participation in the literary field of the centuries before 1900. I am the Working Group leader for one of the Action's four working groups. See Women Writers in History - Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture. My current book project links these interests, and examines British women writers and translation in the 1750-1830 period.



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Dr Gillian Dow
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