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Literary East Anglia, 1680-1830

The School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Norfolk Record Office (NRO), welcomes applicants for a CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship exploring the literary cultures of East Anglia between 1680 and 1830. 

CHASE Collaborative PhD Studentship: Literary East Anglia, 1680-1830

Overview

 Amelia Opie.

Amelia Opie.

The School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Norfolk Record Office (NRO), welcomes applicants for a CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship exploring the literary cultures of East Anglia between 1680 and 1830. East Anglia produced some of the most famous writers of the long eighteenth century, including William Cowper, George Crabbe, and Amelia Opie. A host of other fascinating writers also worked in the region, including the author of children’s books Ellenor Fenn, the antiquarian John Fenn, and the satirist Richard Gardiner.

This PhD studentship is an opportunity to use the rich resources of the Norfolk Record Office and other libraries and archives to investigate how local communities of writers, readers, and publishers fostered a distinctive literary culture in East Anglia over the long eighteenth century. Prospective candidates are encouraged to define their own approach to the broad topic of “Literary East Anglia, 1680-1830” in their proposal. Potential areas of investigation may include abolitionist writers and dissenting churches, antiquarians and their social networks, and poetry and the East Anglian landscape.

In addition to writing the PhD under the supervision of Dr. James Wood and Dr. Matthew Woodcock of UEA, and Mr. Gary Tuson of the NRO, the successful candidate will receive training in understanding archive catalogues and metadata, document handling and collection care, and understanding public engagement. The successful candidate will be equipped with skills that will be invaluable in either a university career or a career as a librarian or archivist.

The Holdings of the Norfolk Record Office

Prospective candidates are encouraged to research the holdings of the NRO and to specify how they will use these holdings in their research. The Norfolk Record Office holds a four-star archive service-the highest possible rating-and was granted Designation status by the Museum's Libraries and Archives Council in 2005. These are just some of the treasures it holds. The NRO holds a great deal of manuscript poetry, including that of the “shoemaker poet” of Great Yarmouth, David Service. It holds one of the world's most important collections of the letters and papers of Amelia Opie. It houses a large number of correspondence and other archival documents relating to the East Anglican printing trade, including many wills written by Norwich printers. The NRO holds a large body of papers of East Anglican antiquarians like Francis Blomefield and Dawson Turner. In an exciting development, the NRO will be receiving the diaries of both the antiquarian John Fenn and the writer of children's books Ellenor Fenn, which will be available for the candidate to use. The resources of the NRO will give the PhD candidate an ideal base from which to explore the full range of literary writing produced in East Anglia in the long eighteenth century.

How to apply

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and have either completed an MA in a relevant discipline before the start of the studentship or have extended experience relevant to the studentship. Applications are welcomed from students of different disciplinary backgrounds, including literary studies, history, and library science.

Applications for this studentship must be made via the CHASE application form. The deadline for applications is Monday 7 May 2018.

Applicants must also apply for a place of study at the University of East Anglia. Checklist for what information will be required from you is below.

Terms and conditions

The studentship is subject to RCUK eligibility criteria, and will cover home or EU fees and stipend at RCUK rates for a maximum of three years full-time, or six years part-time study.

This studentship commences in October 2018. Successful applicants will have their university tuition fees paid, receive a stipend to cover living expenses, and have access to a fund of £4,000 for research expenses incurred travelling to libraries and archives.

Any informal enquiries about the post should be directed to Dr. James Wood (j.wood@uea.ac.uk.)


Check list for PhD applications to UEA

Applicants must  apply for a place of study at the University of East Anglia before completing the CHASE application form

1.  Transcript(s) for the most relevant qualification(s) you are either currently studying or have already completed.                                                                      

2. Degree Certificate(s).                                                                                               

3. English Language certificates (where appropriate).                                                                                               

4. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé.                                                                                               

5. Personal Statement (at least 500 words).                                                                                               

 6. All Postgraduate Research applications must be supported by TWO references. At least one of these should be an academic reference. If you are still studying, your academic referee should be your current adviser or supervisor; if your course has finished it should be your last adviser or supervisor.           

7. Research Proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words).

8. Writing Sample of 3,000- 5,000 words.