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Nicole Pohl has published and edited books on women's utopian writing in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, European salons and epistolarity, and the Bluestockings. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online (EMCO) project: https://www.elizabethmontagunetwork.co.uk/
Nicole Pohl is welcoming MA/MRes/PhD projects that concern any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, utopias and utopianism.
Nicole Pohl teaches across the board on the BA Honours English; MA in English and supervises PhD dissertations.
International Fellowship Scheme
· In 2011, I was successful in inviting Prof Liam Semler, Australia, under the International Fellowship Scheme to work with me on Margaret Cavendish.
Supervision and Examination
· Cleo Cameron, Radical Enlightenment and the early novel (University of Northampton, external supervisor)
· Julia Ipgrave, ‘First the Original’: The place of Adam in 17th-century Theories of the Polity (2nd Supervisor), 2013
· Victoria Bancroft, ‘Cross-over’ comedy in 17th-century England (DoS), 2013
· Jenny Mayhew, English Godly Art of dying manuals c 1590-1625 (DoS), 2011
· Mary Gifford, The Portrayal and Negotiation of Medical themes in the early novel 1740-1760 (DoS), 2019
· Alison Baxter, Debatable Lands: Exploring the Boundaries of Fiction and
· Nonfiction through Family History, 2019
· Rachel Egloff, A Study of the Life and Works of Baroness Blaze de Bury: A Counter-narrative of Women’s Involvement in Nineteenth CenturyEuropean International Politics (DoS), 2020
· Carly Schabowski, The Rainbow Man – A novel. Between History and Fiction – The author’s responsibility to fact versus fiction within historical fiction (DoS)
· Anne Thompson, New Beginnings: The short story and opening lines (DoS)
Current External Supervision
· Mila Burkikova, Craft and political activism ( Charles University, Prague)
· Julia Effertz, The woman Singer and her song in French and German prose fiction (c. 1790-1848), 2011
· Victoria Bancroft, ‘Cross-over’ comedy in 17th-century England, 2013
· Alice Nuttall, Fur, Fangs and Feathers: Colonial and Counter-Colonial Portrayals of American Indians in Young Adult Fantasy Literature, 2015
· Virginia Flew, Loondon Exhibitions of Contemporary Art, 1760-1782: The impact on Landscape painting and its reception (2017)
· Hester Bradley, 2019
· Madelaine (Millie) Schurch, Women, Empiricism and Epistolarity, 1740-1810 (PhD, University of York), 2019
· Madeleine Pelling, ‘Bluestocking Collecting, Craft and Conversation in the Duchess of Portland’s Museum, c. 1770-1786 (PhD, University of York), 2018
· Sotirios Triantafyllos, The Social and Cultural Conception of Space in Early Modern European Utopias (PhD, University of Oxford), 2018
· Mahmood, Nawzad Hassan Khoshnaw, Utopia’s Quest from Somewhere to Everywhere: Humanitarian Thought-Experiment or Exansionist Blueprint? (PhD, University of Leicester), 2016
· Amer Altaher, What happened to Utopia in the Eighteenth Century? (MPhil, University of Leicester), 2015
· Aimee Richards, How Far was Elizabeth Carter a Forerunner of Mary Wollstonecraft? (MPhil, Swansea University), 2015
Nicole Pohl works on eighteenth-century English literature with a particular interest in women's letters and literature, European Enlightenment and European literary networks. Her other research area is utopias and utopianism.
Nicole Pohl has published and edited books on women's utopian writing in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, European salons and epistolarity. Nicole Pohl is welcoming MA/MRes/PhD projects that concern any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, utopias and utopianism.
She was on the Management Committee of COST Action IS0901: Women’s Writing in History, financed by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).The COST Action developed a large scale research project to lay the groundwork for a new history of European women’s participation in the literary field of the centuries before 1900. See:http://www.womenwriters.nl/index.php/Project_news
Nicole is the General Editor of the interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal Utopian Studies. For enquiries, please contact her on: email@example.com
For a sample issue, please see: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/utopianstudies.24.2.issue-2
She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online (EMCO) project: https://www.elizabethmontagunetwork.co.uk/
Nicole Pohl is a co-convenor of the Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture Seminar which is the English Faculty seminar for eighteenth-century studies at the University of Oxford. The seminar meets fortnightly during Oxford Term time, to hear papers by visiting academics from a range of faculties and disciplines. Since the first meeting in 1986, the character of the seminar has been scholarly, interdisciplinary and convivial.
Nicole Pohl is a member of the
- Society for Utopian Studies;
- Utopian Studies Society;
- Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer die Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts;
- Council for European Studies (CES)
In this paper I want to tease out threads in the socio-economic narrative of fibre arts by using the case study of the Bluestocking Circle, in particular Elizabeth Montagu (1718–1800), Mary Delany (1700–1788) and Montagu’s sister, Sarah Scott (1721–1795). To contrast these lives through the lens of material culture, we can identify needlework and textiles as a subtle marker of social mobility and disparities in wealth within one social circle (the Bluestockings) and family. Whilst Mary Delany combined scientific interest with technical skills, Elizabeth Montagu commissioned decorative fibre arts, such as her famous feather work, for public display, and her sister Sarah Scott, forced by diminished social and economic circumstances, concentrated on practical dress-making and alteration and appliqué. Both sisters, though born into the same family, thus developed very different textile skill sets. The production of textiles carried class markers in terms of what kind of work was produced and what kind of materials and techniques were used. Thus, fibre arts, like fashion, were ‘an emblem of material self-advancement, [and] … a badge of moral worth’ (John Styles, The Dress of the People (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), p. 60).
Ulrich Beck, in his article, “Climate for Change” of 2010, suggested that in the face of “climate breakdown” (George Monbiot), “something historically new can emerge, namely a cosmopolitan vision in which people see themselves … as part of an endangered world …”. This paper will reflect on the possibility and impossibility of utopianism in the Anthropocene and ask the question if utopia is possible in the Anthropocene? It will take into consideration recent debates around utopia and the Anthropocene and look at four literary examples from Germany, Norway, England and the US.
Cet article explore la visite de Mme de Staël à Weimar en 1803-1804 consignée dans Literarische Zustände und Zeitgenossen in Schilderungen aus Karl Aug. Böttiger’s handschriftlichem Nachlasse. Dans les conversations de Staël à la cour de Weimar et les assemblées avec Goethe, Schiller, Weiland et bien d’autres lettrés contemporains, l’Angleterre, la France et l’Allemagne ont été les plates-formes de juxtapositions et de contrastes ludiques dont l’un des médiateurs importants fut l’Anglais Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867). Ces échanges éclairent le parcours intellectuel de Mme de Staël pendant les quelques mois passés à Weimar, avant qu’elle n’entreprenne l’écriture de De l’Allemagne. Ils montrent aussi à quel point elle s’est imposée comme médiatrice culturelle non seulement entre la France et l’Allemagne mais aussi entre l’Angleterre et l’Allemagne. Mais le journal de Böttiger confirme également que la médiation culturelle de Mme de Staël était personnelle et subjective, restreinte par des préjugés et trop dépendante de conversations et de connaissances apprises indirectement et utilisées comme ressources primaires.
In this essay the author traces the development of polite sociability within the framework of the European salon. In particular, the author suggests an epistolary intertextuality within this salon culture that reveals a politicization of sociability from the salons of the précieuses to the early nineteenth-century salons in France and Germany. Underlying this fusion of art, conversation and epistolarity is a greater vision of civil society. What interests the author particularly is the notion of reciprocal communication and sociability that is developed in the tradition of the letter in the work of the Bluestockings Bettina von Arnim and Rahel Varnhagen. Not wishing to ignore the problematic questions of periodization and cultural differences, the European salons of the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries clearly shared a common concern: to find their place in an ever-changing public sphere.
• Since 2019, assessor of Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Collaborative Awards Scheme
• Member of the Editorial Board of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism Series
· Since 2017, member of the Arts & HumanitiesResearch Council (AHRC) Peer Review College
· Since 2015, member of Vitae
· Since 2009, member of the Association of Documentary Editing
· Since 1997, member of British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
· Since 1997, member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
· Since 1995, member of the Society of Utopian Studies (and member of Steering Committee)
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