My Collaborative Doctoral Award (co-funded by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership, the Clarendon Fund and Jesus College, Oxford) is based on the idea of Relating Romantic Disabilities. I will focus on the presentation of disabled children in both French and English literature. My project will be supervised by Professor Catriona Seth, Professor Fiona Stafford and Jeff Cowton MBE (Wordsworth Trust). In addition to my DPhil research, I will work closely with Wordsworth Grasmere to help them to curate exhibits, organise events and outreach programs with local schools and also help to make Dove Cottage more accessible to those with protected characteristics.
My research interests span the long eighteenth century in both England and France. My MSt Dissertation centred around imitation and attitudes towards literary taste in Charles Palissot de Montenoy's La Dunciade in relation to Alexander Pope's mock-epic poem The Dunciad. I once again relish the opportunity to bring in elements of comparative literature to my DPhil project as by engaging with texts on both sides of the channel, this project will mark a new direction within the recent body of work on English Romantic disability studies and facilitate a deeper understanding of the cross-cultural exchange of ideas surrounding disabled children.
Prior to commencing my DPhil, I studied English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London and I then completed my MSt in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford where I was awarded the Jesus College Postgraduate Humanities Scholarship.