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Women in Research: English

Professor Judith Hawley 


Professor of English  at Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Hawley's research focuses on eighteenth-century literature and culture, having published on a range of subjects from literature and science, although she is particularly interested in groups and coteries such as the Bluestockings and the Scriblerians. 

In her interview, she discusses her pathway into academia and how she first encountered Elizabeth Carter (1717 – 1806) a mild-mannered woman of formidable intellect who was respected not only for her Greek translation of The Works of Epictetus, but who Samuel Johnson praised for her ability to "make a pudding as well as translate Epictetus".  

To download an audio podcast, search "Women in Research Lecture Series" on iTunes

Links to Slides Shown in Presentation:

Elizabeth Carter as 'Minerva'

Elizabeth Carter by Thomas Lawrence

The Bluestockings as Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo

Breaking up of the Blue Stocking Club (1815)

Reid Research Scholarship

Both Bedford College and Royal Holloway College have a long history of providing funding for women's education. The Reid Research Scholarship, named after Elizabeth Jesser Reid, founder of Bedford College, offers post-graduate research students a tuition fee reduction plus maintenance funds allowing them to undertake valuable areas of study.

If you would like to contribute to assisting future generations of student scholarship, find out more about giving to the College.



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