Birgitta BerglundSenior Lecturer
My special field is 18th- and 19th-century fiction, in particular women novelists, but I am also interested in children's literature and novels of crime and detection.
My doctoral dissertation was called Woman's Whole Existence: The House as an Image in the Novels of Ann Radcliffe, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen. It was a study of the symbolical function of the house in these three very different writers, who share the situation of being female, middle class and published authors in the late 18th century, a time when men dominated public life and women were confined to the home. An article published a year later compared Ann Radcliffe's 18th-century Gothic romance The Mysteries of Udolpho with Daphne du Maurier's best seller Rebecca from 1938. I have also done some work on children and childhood in Jane Austen's novels and and on women in detective fiction. The last few years I have primarily worked with the Brontë sisters. Right now I am doing research on the significance of dress and the body in the Brontë novels.
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