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Rita Dashwood

PhD, University of Warwick, UK
MA, University of Warwick, UK (Merit)
BA, University of Coimbra, Portugal (Hons.)

My PhD project, Women in Residence: Forms of Belonging in Jane Austen, investigates the centrality of the house in Jane Austen’s fictional landscapes, and the ways in which it allows Austen to depict complex relationships between characters and non-portable property in original ways. Additionally, this explores the viability of contemporary semantic and theoretical categories for understanding these relationships in literature. Socio-historical and legal contexts form the basis for my analysis of Austen’s representation of the various possibilities for ownership of space, specifically the way her female characters establish feelings of ownership and belonging towards properties they are not legally entitled to own. This work is of an interdisciplinary nature and will contribute towards the fields of Jane Austen studies, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, gender studies, social history and history of economics.

Teaching

Seminars

In 2016-2017 I taught two seminar groups in the EN328 Literature and Feminisms.

Lectures

In 2016 I presented a lecture on Jane Austen's Emma for the module EN201 The European Novel.


Publications

Journal Articles

“‘An Office in Which She Had Always Depended’: Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion.” Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies. Online since January 19, 2018. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1754-0208.12524/full

“Was Mary Wroth Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?” Op. Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies. [Online] 2nd Series, No. 3 (2014). Document 4, Online since November 29, 2014. URL: https://sites.google.com/site/apeaadirecao/journal [Under "Rita Oliveira"].

Book Chapters

“Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen” in Jane Austen and Philosophy. Ed. Mimi Marinucci. Rowman and Littlefield. November 2016, 107-119.

Reviews

Review of Jocelyn Harris, Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen, in The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Spring 2018, 16-17;

Review of Jessica A. Volz, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney, in The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Autumn 2017, 14-15.

Media

“‘My Dear Bess’ — The Relationship Between Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and Lady Elizabeth Foster.” History Matters. 14 September 2017.

Other Publications

“Jane Austen Studies.” [Review of publications in the field.] The Jane Austen Society: Report for 2017. Ed. Maggie Lane. 2018;

“Jane Austen Studies.” [Review of publications in the field.] The Jane Austen Society: Report for 2016. Ed. Maggie Lane. 2017;

“Jane Austen Studies.” [Review of publications in the field.] The Jane Austen Society: Report for 2015. Ed. Maggie Lane. 2016;

“Jane Austen Studies.” [Review of publications in the field.] The Jane Austen Society: Report for 2014. Ed. Maggie Lane. 2015;

“Jane Austen Studies.” [Review of publications in the field.] The Jane Austen Society: Report for 2013. Ed. David Selwyn. 2014.


Conference Presentations

January 2018: "'Working Herself into' a Home: Fanny Price’s East Room in Mansfield Park," as part of the "Pots and Pans; Back Stairs and Hallways; Bachelors and Milk Maids: Uncovering the Hidden Eighteenth-Century Home and Its Inhabitants" roundtable at BSECS 47th Annual Conference, "Truths and Lies" Conference, Oxford

July 2017: "Creators of Spaces: Single Women and Decoration in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility" at BARS 2017 Annual Conference, “Romantic Improvement," University of York

May 2017: "'‘Abilities, as Well as Affections': The Surrogate Manager in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion" at "Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)" Conference, King’s College London

January 2017: "'An Office in Which She Had Always Depended': Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion" at BSECS 46th Annual Conference, "Friends, Allies and Enemies," University of Oxford

November 2016: "'An Office in Which She Had Always Depended': Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion" at Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Seminar Series, University of Warwick

May 2016: "'An Office in Which She Had Always Depended': Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion" at English Department Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick

April 2016: "Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen" at International Conference, “Deslocamentos, Descentramentos: Romances Sem Fronteiras," at University of São Paulo, Brazil

April 2016: "'Method, Moderation, and Economy' - The Female Household Manager in Jane Austen" at Jane Austen Society South-West Branch Meeting, Exeter

January 2016: "Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen," at BSECS 45th Annual Conference, "Growth, Expansion and Contraction," University of Oxford

May 2015: “Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen," at English Department Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick

May 2013: "Was Mary Wroth Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?" at English Department Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick


Honours and Awards

2017: Winner of the BSECS President’s Prize of 2017, awarded to the best paper at the annual conference presented by a postgraduate student, for "'An Office in Which She Had Always Depended’: Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion";

2016: Nomination for the BSECS President’s Prize of 2016, awarded to the best paper at the annual conference presented by a postgraduate student, for “Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen”;

2012: Feijó Curricular Award, presented to the best student graduating from the Modern Languages department of the University of Coimbra;

2012: Award for the top 3% students of the degree in Modern Languages of the University of Coimbra;

2011: Award for the top 3% students of the degree in Modern Languages of the University of Coimbra;

2010: Award for the top 3% students of the degree in Modern Languages of the University of Coimbra.


Conference Organisation

2015-2016: Part of the organising committee for the Arts Faculty Seminar Series, University of Warwick;

2011: Part of the organising committee for the 32nd Annual Conference of the APEAA (Portuguese Association of Anglo-American Studies).


Funding

2018: £250 for attendance and presentation at the BSECS 47th Annual Conference, “Truths and Lies,” in Oxford in January of 2018, from the Warwick English department;

2017: £130 for attendance and presentation at the BARS 15th Annual International Conference, “Romantic Improvement,” at the University of York in July of 2017, from the Warwick English Department;

2017: £50 for attendance and presentation at the “Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)” Conference in King’s College London in May of 2017, from the Warwick English Department;

2017: £90 for attendance and presentation at the BSECS 46th Annual Conference, “Friends, Allies and Enemies,” in January of 2017, from the Warwick English Department;

2016: £1050 for attendance and presentation at the international conference “Deslocamentos, Descentramentos: Romances Sem Fronteiras” at the University of São Paulo, Brazil in April of 2016, from the Warwick English Department;

2016: £250 for attendance and presentation at the BSECS 45th Annual Conference, “Growth, Expansion and Contraction" in January of 2016, from the Warwick English Department;

2015-2016: £250 for the Arts Faculty Seminar Series from the HRC, Warwick University, for 2015-2016;

2015-2016: £100 for the Arts Faculty Seminar Series from CADRE, Warwick University, for 2015-2016;

2015: £100 for attendance at the “Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900” Conference in June of 2015, from the University of Hull.


Memberships

British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Jane Austen Society UK

Foreign Languages

Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, elementary knowledge of French

R.Dashwood.1@warwick.ac.uk


R.Dashwood.1@warwick.ac.uk


Fourth-year Ph.D., University of Warwick


Supervisors:

Dr. Christina Lupton

Dr. David Taylor


Mentor:

Professor Emma Mason