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Ms Leanne Cane

PhD in English Literature

Leanne Phd Student Northumbria UniversityQualifications

  • MA English and Culture, Plymouth University, 2014
  • BA (Hons) English, Plymouth University, 2008


Research project

‘As to the Education of Youth’: The novels of Charlotte Smith and the debate on female education

Research group

Long Eighteenth Century Research Group



I completed my BA in 2008 and MA in 2014 at Plymouth University both of which helped to develop my research interests in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and culture.

My BA dissertation looked at the reception of the Magdalen House for Penitent Prostitutes through pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, and fictional literature. My MA dissertation looked at the impact of Frances Burney’s novels in her cultural context by examining periodical reviews, and journals and letters written by her relatives, friends, and readers.

In 2015 I was awarded a studentship to undertake a PhD at Northumbria. My research project looks at the debate about female education in the late Eighteenth Century and Romantic period, and the novels of Charlotte Smith (written between 1788-1798).

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, women writers, print culture, and education

Further information

Postgraduate Representative for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS)

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