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Dr Melanie Bigold

BA Hons (Manitoba), MA (Toronto), DPhil (Oxford)


Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 (0)29 2087 5409
2.16, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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My research centres around English Literature.

Additional publications


Bigold, M. Women of Letters, Manuscript Circulation and Print Afterlives in the Eighteenth Century: Elizabeth Rowe, Catharine Cockburn and Elizabeth Carter (Palgrave, 2012).

Refereed Journal Articles

Bigold, M. ‘George Ballard’s Memoirs of Several Ladies and “bookmaking out of the remains of the dead”,’ (forthcoming Eighteenth-Century Life)

Bigold, M. ‘Elizabeth Rowe’s Fictional and Familiar Letters: Exemplarity, Enthusiasm and the Production of Posthumous Meaning,’ British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 29/1 (2006): 1-14.

Book Chapters

Bigold, M. ‘Letters and learning’ in Ros Ballaster (ed.), A History of British Women’s Writing: Volume 4, 1690-1750 (Palgrave, 2010).

Bigold, M. Editor and transcriber, ‘The Journals of John Ramsay,’ The Slave Trade Debate: contemporary writings for and against. Introduced by John Pinfold (Bodleian Library Books, 2007).

Online articles and databases

Bigold, M. ‘“Theatre of the book”: marginalia and mise en page in the Cardiff Rare Books Restoration Drama Collection’ (December 2013, Cardiff Book History Blog)

Bigold, M. ‘Database on Marginalia in the Restoration Drama Texts in the Cardiff Rare Books Restoration Drama Collection’ Collection’ (December 2013, Cardiff Book History Blog)

I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in July 2007. 

During 2007-08, I was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship based at the University of Toronto, and was also a Plumer Visiting Fellow at St. Anne's College (Oxford). 

I joined Cardiff University in Autumn 2008.





  • Bigold, M. 2010. Letters and learning. In: Ballaster, R. ed. A History of British Women's Writing: 1690-1750., Vol. 4. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 173-186.


I have held lecturing posts at St. Anne'™s and Jesus Colleges (Oxford) and the University of Toronto. At Cardiff, I currently offer a number of modules in literature of the long eighteenth century. I also offer an MA in Life-writing.

I am currently working on a joint biography of George Ballard and Elizabeth Elstob, as well as leading a project on marginalia and provenance in the Cardiff Rare Books collection. Updates on cataloguing as well as blog posts on projects related to the rare books can be found on the Cardiff Book History and Special Collections and Archives blogs

I also co-founded and co-convene the interdisciplinary Families, Identities, and Gender Research Network (FIG).

Research interests

I would welcome enquiries from potential graduates who would like to pursue research in the areas of 

  • history of the book; 
  • manuscript culture; 
  • women's writing and women's literary history; 
  • philosophy, religion and literature in the long eighteenth century; 
  • life-writing.

I welcome enquiries from potential graduates who would like to pursue research in the following areas: 

  • history of the book;
  • reading and reception studies;
  • manuscript culture (including marginalia and epistolary studies);
  • women's writing and women's  literary history;
  • philosophy, religion and literature in the long eighteenth century;
  • life-writing:
  • dramatic literature, dance, and performance studies;

My primary expertise are in the period 1600-1800, but I also welcome enquiries from students with an interest in all periods of drama, dance, and historical performance studies.

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Stephanie Clayton

Research student