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Mr Alastair Dawson BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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Alastair Dawson is a Postgraduate research student in English at the University Of Southampton.

I completed both my BA in English and French (2015) and subsequently my MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies (2016) at the University Of Southampton, culminating in a dissertation on the reception of French writer Louise d’Épinay’s educational works.  After a year working elsewhere, I returned in 2017 to pursue a PhD on the Cross-Channel representations of Women’s Education in Britain and France.  Since 2018, this has been supported by funding from the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP).


You can follow Alastair on Twitter @C18thRamblings

Research interests

My research focuses on the cultural and literary transfer of ideas in Britain and France during the eighteenth century. My PhD work is on the cross-Channel representations of women’s education in Britain and France, 1750-1815. It seeks to construct an alternative, female-focussed historical narrative, situating itself firmly within the recovery project. I explore the work of well-known theorists and educationalists such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, and Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, as well as a number of lesser known women writers to reveal a literary network whose influence criss-crosses the Channel.

During Semester 2 of the 2018-19, I am teaching on the first year module, Stage and Screen.

Mr Alastair Dawson
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