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Isabelle Cosgrave

Isabelle Cosgrave (1997) has gained a Masters degree and is currently completing a PhD on eighteenth and nineteenth century women’s fiction at the University of Exeter.

Her PhD concerns the use of women's religious writing in the aftermath of the French Revolution.  The title of her thesis is 'White lies: Amelia Opie, fiction and the Quakers', and she will be submitting in the summer of 2014.

Isabelle's article, ‘Untrustworthy reproductions and doctored archives: undoing the sins of a Victorian biographer’ has been published in The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation, edited by Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead. She has also published a podcast about Amelia Opie's identity as a Quaker

Why did Isabelle go into research? 

"I realised I simply wanted to know more! Whatever I investigated about literature, history, politics, religious conviction, women's writing and education made me want to find out more, especially how these topics interweaved in the immediate post-French revolutionary era in a way they do not now. From what I write, I hope to excite feedback that will allow me to continue this path of investigation and considering my primary focus is a neglected female author, I hope that my writing will provide new ways to look at the interweaving of these topics in the case of Amelia Opie and her contemporaries.'