Professor Caroline Franklin

Professor Caroline Franklin
Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 604304

Caroline Franklin is Director of the Centre for Research into Gender and Society [GENCAS]; and Principal Investigator of an AHRC-funded project to edit the correspondence of Elizabeth Montagu. Its website can be found here: http://www.elizabethmontagunetwork.co.uk/home

Caroline is a graduate of the Universities of London and Cardiff, and a Fellow of the English Association. She is an expert on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature with a particular interest in women writing. She has authored five monographs, edited or co-edited six reprint series of rare texts, co-edited an anthology of critical essays on print culture, and edited an anthology of Gothic verse. Caroline has published scholarly articles on Lord Byron, Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Mary Wollstonecraft, Madame de Staël, Jane Austen, Helen Maria Williams, Lady Morgan, Iolo Morganwg and others. She welcomes applications from postgraduate students: particularly those whose projects concern the Bluestockings, Byron, or Gothic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century writing and culture

Publications

  1. Enlightenment feminism and the Bluestocking legacy.. In Devoney Looser (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period. (pp. 115-128). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. The Novel of Sensibility in the 1780s. In Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien (Ed.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English: English and British Fiction 1750-1820. (pp. 164-181). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. (2014). The Material Culture of Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing: special issue of Women's Writing. (Women's Writing No. 21).
  4. The Female Romantics: Nineteenth-century Women Novelists and Byronism. New York and London: Routledge.
  5. ‘Representing Wales as Utopia in the eighteenth-century novel’. In Mary-Ann Constantine and Dafydd Johnston (Ed.), Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt: Essays on Wales and the French Revolution. (pp. 11-35). Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

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Teaching

  • EN-M47 The Unsexed Females: Women Writers and the French Revolution

    In this module we study Mary Wollstonecraft, the first champion of women¿s rights. She became the target of such satire and abuse after she died in 1797 that the advent of feminism was delayed by half a century. Her husband, William Godwin, had written a frank biography which revealed for the first time that she had been an unmarried mother, had attempted suicide and became subject to religious doubts. Wollstonecraft saw herself as a Romantic genius, a female intellectual quite different from the earnest `Bluestockings¿- a network of moral women writers earlier in the eighteenth century. She was also feared by the respectable Victorian `angels of the house¿ who came afterwards. In this module, the aim is to guide students to find for themselves a charismatic or forgotten woman writer and to undertake some original research uncovering her work. We begin by reading a misogynist satire by a clergyman disparaging Wollstonecraft and her followers of the 1790s but praising pious Bluestockings. Each Student chooses one of the despised radicals and one of the Bluestockings, and introduces both writers to the rest of the group. S/he later selects one of them ¿ or indeed any lesser-known writer of the period - and uses library and IT resources to prepare a presentation on her chosen writer. Meanwhile, the group will discuss Wollstonecraft¿s ideas as expressed in Vindication of the Rights of Woman and her two novels, Mary and Wrongs of Woman - especially on female friendship, marriage, divorce. For the assessed essay, each student makes a comparison between Wollstonecraft and her selected writer in whatever way she likes.

Supervision

  • Epistolary Culture and Literary Criticism in the Correspondence of Catherine Talbot,Elizabeth Carter and Elizabeth Montagu. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
  • Representations of Prostitution in Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman or Maria, A Fragment (1798) Mary Hay's The Victim of Prejudices (1799) and Mary Robinson's The Natural Daughter (1799) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
  • Sir William Jones and Oriental Mysticism. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Franklin
    Other supervisor: Prof Caroline Franklin

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director Postgraduate Research for English - Department of English Language and Literature

    2013 - 2014

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Research Groups