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Following the success of last year’s pilot Visiting Fellowship scheme, we have now chosen our six Fellows for 2022. Three will join us from mid-July for a month, and three will join us in November.

The competition was very strong this year, and we’d like to congratulate our Fellows – we look forward to welcoming them in the coming weeks and months, and to seeing what fruits their research yields.

Summer Cohort

Kate Frank

As a Visiting Fellow at Chawton House, I will complete research for a chapter titled “Learning to Walk: Testing the Bounds of Female Mobility and Knowledge in Educational Narratives, 1749-1800,” which will form part of my PhD dissertation examining depictions of women’s walking in eighteenth-century and Romantic British fiction. Using Chawton House’s library collection of educational fiction and conduct books, I will investigate how writers including Charlotte Smith, Sarah Fielding, and Mary Wollstonecraft framed walking as a key tool in girls’ education about their place in the social and natural worlds that surrounded them.

 

Amelia Mills

Amelia Mills will be examining original copies of Aphra Behn’s prose fiction and translations, and seventeenth-century translations of Madeleine de Scudéry’s fiction, that are held in the Chawton House library. This will support research for a forthcoming chapter for the WSG 1558-1837’s Global Exchanges project entitled ‘Madeleine de Scudéry, Aphra Behn, and Translation. Using the Carte de Tendre for cross-channel communication of women’s ideas.’

@MillsandBehn

 

Fauve Vandenberghe

During my time at Chawton House, I will be working on my doctoral project about women satirists during the so-called Golden Age of Satire of the early eighteenth century. While often considered to be a predominantly masculine genre, I aim to shed new light on the deeply gendered dimensions of satiric practice by studying a corpus of previously understudied satiric texts by women writers. Using a wide range of materials in the Chawton House collections (from instructive periodicals and polemical pamphlets to scandalous memoirs and amatory texts), I hope to be able to reconstruct a more accurate and representative portrait of how satire circulated during this period and the kinds of audiences it attracted and reached.

@fauvevdb

Winter Cohort

Sara Crouch

I am interested in the way eighteenth-century authors represent race, complexion, climate, and geography. The collection at Chawton House contains important travelogues and epistolary materials authored by women who spent time in colonial settings, some of whom were colonial figures themselves. While at Chawton House, I will analyse these texts in order to contribute research to the emerging picture of the role played by white women in the West Indies. In particular, I will examine the ways in which they contributed to and benefited from the power structures underpinning colonial, plantation society.

 

Kristina Decker

The Chawton House Visiting Fellowship will allow me to begin expanding and revising my PhD thesis, titled ‘Women and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: the Case of Mary Delany (1700-1788)’, for publication as a monograph.  With research centred on her literary oeuvre, my thesis explores how Delany engaged with the Enlightenment, particularly the culture of Improvement, through her writing, networks, creative practices, and her interest in aesthetics and landscape design. While at Chawton, I will consult a range of manuscripts and printed works to support this project, including the 1780 manuscript of Delany’s novella ‘Marianna’.

@Kristina_Decker

 

Colleen Taylor

Colleen Taylor’s research project will explore eighteenth-century women’s writing about Ireland in the context of the blue humanities. Using the archives at Chawton, she will examine how women wrote about oceanic travel and oceanic events, such as shipwrecks and sea life encounter, while theorizing the gendered implications of engaging with the ocean in the eighteenth century. Texts of interest will range from Maria Edgeworth’s correspondence to lesser-known texts like Miss Walsh’s The Officer’s Daughter (1810). With a particular focus on Ireland, her project marks an expedition into the blue imaginary of eighteenth-century women.

 

These Fellowships have been made possible by a generous donation from the Ardeola Charitable Trust.