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Miss Charlotte Medland 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Miss Charlotte Medland is a Postgraduate Research Student within Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

In 2009 I received a BA in French and English from the University of Reading. I returned to Reading for an MRes in French Studies in 2010-11. On completion I moved to the University of Southampton to begin my PhD. I was drawn to the rich research background at Southampton and the proactive postgraduate community in Humanities. However, I primarily chose Southampton due to the expertise of my supervisor, Professor Mary Orr.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the representations of women protagonists in French women's fiction of the late-revolutionary and early-Napoleonic eras, and how these subvert traditional literary forms to challenge contemporary gender prejudice.

My thesis focuses on the female sentimental author Sophie Cottin (1770-1807) and her exploration of the socially ‘anomalous' woman - in particular young widows, wards, and women writers - in her five novels. These novels, Claire d'Albe (1799), Malvina (1800), Amélie Mansfield (1803), Mathilde (1805), and Élisabeth, ou les exilés de Sibérie (1806) were contemporary best-sellers but have since disappeared from public notice. The first three novels were criticised on publication for their depiction of what Mme de Genlis labelled ‘une immoralité révoltante'. The final two are considered more traditional in their depiction of the sentimental heroine, however my thesis will examine Cottin's use of the genre to question the contemporary ‘condition féminine'.

Since beginning my PhD in 2011 I have taught French language to undergraduates as party of the university's Graduate Teaching Assistantship programme. I also led a postgraduate training seminar in ‘How to Apply for a PhD' and have regular feedback and advisory sessions with PGR students in my role as Humanities PGR Representative. In addition, I was Chair of the Humanities Graduate School Student Network (GradNet) in 2012-13 and through this was actively involved in the organisation of two postgraduate conferences at the University of Southampton in 2012 and 2013.

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