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Prof Rachel Bowlby
  • Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

My first degree, at Oxford, was in Latin and Greek Literature and in English; my PhD at Yale was in Comparative Literature.

I previously taught at the universities of Sussex, York, and Oxford.
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I have recently completed a book entitled A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories. This is about the ways  in which parenthood has become a focus for new kinds of story and argument since it became, for the first time in human history, a matter of choice. The book discusses issues surrounding new family forms and reproductive technologies, and also looks back to 18th- and 19th-century writings about parenthood, to draw out patterns of thinking that bear on those of today.

I have also written books on the history of shopping; on Greek tragedy and psychoanalysis; on realist novels; on Virginia Woolf and feminist criticism. I have translated a number of books of contemporary French philosophy, by writers including Derrida and Lyotard.

Academic Background
1983 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Comparative Literary studies Yale University
1979 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English Language and Literature University of Oxford
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