Anne-Claire Michoux, Dr.
- Teaching and Research Assistant in English Literature
- Assistant Prof. Dr. Isabel Karremann
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I am a postdoctoral researcher specialising in British and Irish literature of the long eighteenth century. I am completing my first monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, entitled Cultivating Simplicity: British National Identity in Women’s Writing of the Romantic Period. My current research project, entitled Dramatic Expressions: Representations of Women's Voices in the Theatrical Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, examines the ways in which female speech was represented on the British and Irish stage and how women participated in and shaped the world of eighteenth-century theatre. I consider the different strategies male and female writers used in thespian biographies and autobiographies, the changes made to female characters in eighteenth-century adaptations of Shakespearean and Restoration plays, women’s contributions to theatrical criticism, as well as the development of female characters in comedy and tragedy. I pay particular attention to the specific theatrical moment in which a play was produced, which asks us to consider the role of particular performers, the combination of main piece and afterpiece, a play’s position within the theatrical repertoire, alongside political events and changes in the law.
I hold a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in nineteenth-century literature from the University of York. I then returned to the University of Oxford for an M.Litt, in which I focused on the influence of eighteenth-century acting theory in Jane Austen’s fiction. I have recently been awarded my doctoral degree from the University of Neuchâtel, where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Vincent. My thesis explored the construction of British national identity in women’s writing of the Romantic period. I work in collaboration with Prof. Karremann on the project The Feminist Enlightenment across Eighteenth-Century Europe.
I have taught a wide range of courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature at the universities of Oxford, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, and Zurich. I am currently the project leader for ‘The Robinson-Library Project: Literature in Digital Mediation’. This innovative teaching project, in partnership with the Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil-Jona, introduces students to the different ways in which literary texts can be approached in digital forms.
My research interests include the long Eighteenth-Century and the long Romantic Period; The Novel; Irish Studies; Women’s writing and gender studies; Theatrical Culture and Performance History.