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Ms Clio O’Sullivan BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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Clio O’Sullivan is a part-time Postgraduate research student in English at the University Of Southampton and works at Chawton House as the Communications and Public Engagement Manager.

I completed my BA in English Literature at the University of Southampton and became particularly interested in the eighteenth century after studying on the module ‘Rakes and Libertines’. I chose to do my MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Southampton because of its links with the library at Chawton House, which holds a collection of over 10,000 rare volumes of early women’s writing. Most of my research for my MA was carried out in the library at Chawton House. During my MA, I chose the optional module ‘Writing for Children’ with Rebecca Smith. Prior to this I had done little creative writing, but it sparked an interest in me and I wished to pursue it further.  

Alongside my PhD study, I work at Chawton House as the Communications and Public Engagement Manager. My goal is to engage a wider audience through outreach sessions, delivering an exciting events programme, and broadening Chawton House’s presence on various social media platforms. Occasionally I dress in period clothing!

You can follow Clio on Twitter @ClioCliona

Research interests

My research focusses on female adolescence in the late eighteenth century, with a particular interest in English reactions to the early days of the French revolution. As it is a creative writing PhD, the thesis is a novel set in the 1780s, with a critical commentary detailing my research. In order to create a sense of historical authenticity, I have read numerous novels, diaries, conduct literature and letters, as well as frequently immersing myself in the Georgian past – hence the period clothing.

I have taught the first year module Critical Theory twice and the second year module Great Writers Steal.

I also created and delivered a Lifelong Learning module on Jane Austen in 2016.

Most recently, I taught on the Scriptwriting module with Evan Placey and in the summer I am delivering a seminar on Jane Austen for the University Of Southampton’s International Summer School programme for the second time.

Ms Clio O’Sullivan
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