Lecturer to appear on BBC Radio 4 flagship show

Wednesday, 04 June 2014


Dr Nicole Pohl, Reader in the Department of English and Modern Languages, will be discussing the Bluestockings on Melvyn Bragg’s BBC Radio 4 programme, In Our Time, tomorrow.

Around the middle of the eighteenth century, an age when women were not expected to be highly educated, a small group of women began to meet regularly to discuss literature and other matters, inviting leading thinkers of the day to take part in informal salons.

The discussion will explore the historical significance of the Bluestocking circle in the eighteenth century, explore the increasing defamation of the term in the nineteenth century and look at new scholarship that appraises the Bluestockings in literature and the visual arts.

Dr Pohl has recently published The Collected Letters of Sarah Robinson Scott (Pickering & Chatto/Huntington Library Press, 2013), writer, reformer and the sister of the ‘Queen of the Bluestockings’, Elizabeth Montagu.

In Our Time is broadcast at 9am.

You can listen to the programme on the In Our Time webpages.