Rachel Egloff

Rachel Egloff


Email: rachel.egloff-2015@brookes.ac.uk

Thesis title: A Study of the Life and Works of Baroness Blaze de Bury: A Counter-narrative of Women–s Involvement in Nineteenth Century European International Politics

Start year: 2015


Research topic

This thesis presents evidence of female participation in the nineteenth-century discourses on (trans)cultural identity in the context of European international politics using the case study of the writer Baroness Marie Pauline Rose Blaze de Bury (1813?–1894). The aim is to provide a counter-narrative of women’s political engagement in the nineteenth century based on a female recuperative analysis of both Blaze de Bury’s life and works. Her negotiations with the dominant hegemonic gender ideology of the time will be examined through both textual and exploratory archival approaches. Blaze de Bury’s texts will be framed by historical literary and non-literary contexts that describe the European political atmosphere. Particular focus will lie on evaluating perceived sex and nationality of authorship based on pseudonymous, anonymous, and personal publication and the potential for trans-gender and trans-national/cultural alteration. Blaze de Bury’s political agency as a writer will then be linked to her first-hand political agency through archival work. The focus lies on four of Blaze de Bury’s mid-nineteenth-century texts: Mildred Vernon: A Tale of Parisian Life in the Last Days of the Monarchy (1848), Léonie Vermont: A Story of the Present Time (1849), Germania: its Courts, Camps and People (1850), and Falkenburg: A Tale of the Rhine (1851). These texts will be analyzed concentrating on Blaze de Bury’s self-proclaimed mission of increased transcultural European (political) understanding. It will be examined, how, in a time of British global Empire, Blaze de Bury drew on this discourse to discuss perceived homogeneity and difference within Europe. Furthermore, Blaze de Bury’s textual strategies of genre hybridity, gender hybrid intertextuality, and multilingualism (including translation), will be discussed in this European transcultural context. Blaze de Bury is an important figure to study, not only as a writer written out of the canon but also as a female writer of ‘unfeminine’ international politics.

Teaching experience

  • Associate Lecturer, undergraduate modules World Literature and Critical Theory in Action, Oxford Brookes University
  • Associate Lecturer, Discover Oxford Brookes Summer School
  • Academic Course Teacher, Oxford Royale Academy
  • English Tutor, Oxford Science Studies
  • Teaching Assistant, specialised literacy support, Oxford Secondary School
  • English as a Foreign Language Tutor


Conference papers

  • ‘Rose Blaze de Bury: A Case-Study in Uniting a Female Signature with ‘Unfeminine’ Mid-Nineteenth Century European Politics of (Dis-)Union’ in Nineteenth-Century Union and DisUnion, (forthcoming with Routledge in 2019).
  • ‘Blaze de Bury, Rose (1813–1894)’ in Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. by Kevin A. Morrison, (Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 2018).
  • ‘Anonymous, Pseudonymous, Personal: constructing a (Trans)Gendered Body from the Page’, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Canada, (July 2018).
  • ‘The Colonial Other: Imperial Rhetoric within Europe and a Literary Attempt at Parley. Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s Annual Conference, Institute of English Studies, London, (July 2018).
  • ‘The Reception of a Nineteenth-Century Female Writer of ‘Unfeminine’ International European Politics’, The Business of a Woman’s Life: Female Authorship, Celebrity and Fandom, University of Reading, (March 2018).
  • ‘Transnational Intertextuality Through a Transgender Voice: A Means of Cultural Transfer’, British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference, University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, (August 2017).
  • ‘From Travel Fact to Travel Fiction: A Means to European Transcultural Understanding through Literary Cultural Transfer’, Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s Annual Conference, Institute of English Studies, London, (July 2017).
  • ‘Blaze de Bury: A Case-Study in Uniting a Female Signature with Unfeminine German and European Politics of (Dis-) Union’, PUNCS Plymouth Nineteenth Century Studies Conference on Union and Disunion, University of Plymouth, (June 2017).
  • ‘Negotiating Otherness of Sex and of Culture in mid-Nineteenth-Century Europe’, Annual Faculty Research Conference, Oxford Brookes University, (June 2017).
  • ‘Blaze de Bury: A Case-Study in Selecting Signatures’, London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Conference IV, (September 2016).
  • ‘Blaze de Bury: The Female Voice of ‘Unfeminine’ International Politics’, HSS Graduate Spring Symposium, Oxford Brookes University, (May 2016).
  • ‘Rose Blaze de Bury and the Nineteenth-Century World of Publishing’, MESH Journal for Undergraduate Work Across English Studies, 2017, 1(1): pp.1-18.

Academic and professional training

  • Associate Teacher Certificate, Distinction, Oxford Brookes University, 2018
  • Associate Teacher Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, 2018
  • First Steps into Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, 2016
  • BA (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology, Oxford Brookes University (with transferred accreditation from the University of Zurich), 2015

Scholarships and prizes

  • Travel Bursary ($600 USD) awarded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2018
  • Workshop Grant ($250 CAD) awarded by University of Victoria (Canada), Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars, 2018
  • Greta Depledge Prize, best PGR conference paper at Victorian Popular Fiction Asssociation annual conference, 2018
  • Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in English Literature, Oxford Brookes University, 2015