Chawton House Library Fellowships (including the new BARS Fellowship)

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Applications are invited for fellowships at Chawton House Library. Chawton House Library is an independent research library and study centre focusing on women’s writing in English from 1600 to 1830. Accommodated in the Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to one of Jane Austen’s brothers, in the village of Chawton in Hampshire, the library’s main aim is to promote and facilitate study in the field of early women’s writing.

BARS is happy to be supporting a new fellowship for a mid-career or senior scholar in Romantic Period Literature. Research into all areas of Romanticism will be considered, although the collections at Chawton House Library focus particularly on Romantic-period women’s writing, and are especially strong in their holdings of female-authored fiction 1780-1830. The successful applicant will be a member of BARS, and will deliver the inaugural BARS lecture at CHL while in residence.

New fellowships are also available for projects on women and warfare, the Burney family, Jane Austen and the Brontës. A fellowship founded to commemorate Marilyn Butler will support scholars researching Maria Edgeworth and her female contemporaries or those whose work builds on Butler’s own pioneering research.

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