Chawton House Library has established close academic links with the University of Southampton. The University has considerable strengths in the fields of women's writing, history, and the visual and material culture of the long eighteenth century.

At the early stages of the project, Professor Cora Kaplan, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of late eighteenth-century women's writing, joined trustee Professor Isobel Grundy in providing overall strategic, mentoring, and intellectual guidance to the project.

Dr Stephen Bygrave, Dr Stephen Bygrave, Reader in English at the University of Southampton, directed the Southampton link with Chawton and has also convened the University’s MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies (Chawton), which he set up. He has published a study of educational theory in Britain in the second half of the eighteenth century (Bucknell University Press, 2009), two books on Coleridge, an introductory textbook on Romanticism, a study of the American theorist Kenneth Burke and articles and reviews in the period of the long eighteenth century He has been involved with the Chawton link from the start and, with Stephen Bending, is General Editor of the multi-volume Chawton House Library Series, published by Pickering and Chatto.

Professor Emma Clery Professor Emma Clery is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at University of Southampton. Her publications include 'The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800', 'Women's Gothic, from Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley' and 'The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England: Literature, Commerce and Luxury'. Her current research areas are print culture and the history of the novel, Romantic women's writing and the idea of progress, and the works of Jane Austen. She convenes a final year undergraduate course 'The Novel in the Literary Marketplace' giving students the opportunity to research rare works from the Chawton collection: to see completed projects from this course, click here.

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