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Dr Gillian Dow 

Associate Professor

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Dr Gillian Dow is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton.

Before arriving in Southampton in 2005, I studied French and English at the University of Glasgow.  My graduate work at the University of Oxford was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and by a Snell Exhibition at Balliol College.

I have taught at several Oxford colleges, and at the Université Paris XII.

Please see my Research and Teaching pages for more information about my interest and specialisms.

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.

Since my appointment to the English Department at Southampton in 2005, I have been closely associated with Chawton House Library in Chawton, near Alton.  Chawton House is a centre for the study of the early women's writing, and I was seconded as Executive Director from 2014-January 2019.

My current PhD students work on projects relating to women's writing and lives in the long eighteenth century, on coverture in the period, and on the cross-channel debate on education.  I have also examined PhD theses on Austen and contemporary culture, on Romantic-period cosmetics, on Helen Maria Williams and translation and on salon culture more broadly.  I would be happy to supervise projects on any aspect of my research specialisms.

My current book project links my long-standing research interests, and examines British women writers and translation in the 1750-1830 period.  My work on this project has been funded by the Bosack Kruger Foundation.  From May 2019 to May 2020, I will be funded by the Leverhulme Trust, via their fellowship programme.

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My teaching is informed by my research.  Alongside teaching British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, I enjoy teaching French literature in translation, and thinking more broadly about the contemporary reception of texts, and nineteenth-century canon formation.

With my colleague Dr Kim Simpson, I designed a popular Futurelearn online course focussing on Jane Austen:  Jane Austen:  Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity.

This course continues to run via the Futurelearn platform.

I am also part of the team responsible for designing the new MA on Jane Austen.

I welcome enquiries from prospective students.

Dr Gillian Dow
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2045

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