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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Success

Published: 28 June 2012

Alice Eardley has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for an exciting project on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women's writing.

During the 1640s and 50s Madeleine de Scudéry wrote a series of French romances that became hugely popular in England, both in their original French and in English translation. Alice is planning to explore the influence that Scudéry’s texts had on the thematic and formal development of English literature between 1650 and 1760, and will be looking at English romances, drama, the early novel, and literary criticism. Alongside this, she will be developing a digital edition of Scudéry’s Ibrahim (1652), which will allow her to explore the potential for e-readers, such as the Kindle, to make these vast works - often 1,000+ pages - more accessible. As part of her project, she will be organising a conference on romance to be held at Chawton House Library, where many of these early romances are held in first and early editions.

Alice will be joining us in January 2013.

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