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Mrs Alison Daniell B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Barrister, AFHEA

Doctoral Student

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Mrs Alison Daniel is a postgraduate student within English at the University of Southampton.

Alison is a cross-disciplinary scholar based in the English department. Her expertise brings together the fields of English literature, law, social and economic history and gender.

Alison is currently working towards completion of her doctoral thesis: ‘Disappearing Women? Wives in Fact and Fiction During the Long Eighteenth Century’ It focusses on the Doctrine of Coverture and how this was explored by women’s prose fiction of the long eighteenth century. Alison has enjoyed previous careers as a matrimonial lawyer and an author.

Conference Papers:

BSECS 2020: ‘Of False Hair, Bolstered Hips

and Witchcraft: The Regulation of Women’s Bodies and an Act of

Parliament that Never Was’.

Economic History Society Women’s Committee 2018: ‘Law,

Equity and The Doctrine of Coverture: Married Women's Property

in the Long Eighteenth Century’.

Academic Articles: ‘

Writing as Alison McRae Spencer: ‘Putting Women in their Place:

Social and Legal Attitudes Towards Violence in Marriage in Late

Medieval England’ The Richardian Vol.10 1995 pp.185-93.


Book Reviews:  Journal of Maritime Research Vol. 20 (1-2) 2018 pp.119–120; Women’s Writing (pending) and one for Southern History (pending). All are reviews of Jane Austen-related books.

Alison was called to the Bar in1995 and practised as a matrimonial and family law specialist for a number of years.

Research interests

Eighteenth-century literature, especially the female-authored novel; social, legal and cultural history of the eighteenth century; gendered and feminist methodolgies; the intersection of law, society and literature; women in the late medieval world and medieval literature

PhD research

2016-2020 PhD: ‘Disappearing Women? Wives in Fact and Fiction During the Long Eighteenth Century’. University of Southampton. Supervisors: Dr Gillian Dow, Dr Helen Paul, Dr Stephen Bending.

1992-1993 M.A. ‘Putting Women in their Place: Social and Legal Attitudes Towards Violence in Marriage in Late Medieval England’. University of York, Centre for Medieval Studies. Supervisors: Professor Felicity Riddy, Dr Jeremy Goldberg.

Alison is a member of a number of professional organisations. She is a committee member and trustee of the Economic History Society. She is also a member of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Social History Society and the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Alison has extensive teaching experience both within the university sector and elsewhere. She achieved AFHEA status in 2020.

For the University of Southampton she has taught on undergraduate and Masters’ degree modules and is a regular contributor to the Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity MOOC run by the university, where she works as a tutor as well as providing written and video content.

For more than ten years she has also devised and delivered face-to-face and online creative writing courses and workshops for a number of different organisations including the University of Southampton’s Lifelong Learning Programme, Jericho Writers, The London Writers’ Café, Dorchester Literary Festival and the Winchester Festival of Writing.

She has also provided talks, lectures and workshops on both her academic research and creative writing for a number of organisations including Chawton House and the National Trust.

Mrs Alison Daniell
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