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Jonathan Godshaw Memel

Postdoctoral Researcher and AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, University of Exeter

My research asks how literary depictions of education inform understandings of form, identity and culture in the Victorian period. I consider the writing of Thomas Hardy in my National Trust/Great Western Research-funded doctoral project and place new emphasis on such topics as the professionalization and training of schoolmistresses, the working-class movement for liberal education, educational architecture and rural forms of education.

I am committed to the idea of public engagement in universities and in 2014 was appointed Champion for Public Engagement with Postgraduate Research as part of the University of Exeter's RCUK-funded Catalyst project. Since February 2016 I have been expanding public engagement activity at the Centre for Victorian Studies as AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral researcher and AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, , University of Exeter