Professor Emerita, Eighteenth-century British Literature and Civilisation.

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest.

Research expertise

Enlightenment; eighteenth-century satire; spa culture; Bath; history of medicine; sociability.



William Wilberforce (the sociable voice of abolition)

William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a key figure in the successive campaigns for the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery in Britain. His long parliamentary speeches were crucial in the success of his fight, but it is primarily his personality and the moral virtues he came to embody that were decisive.

Bath (and the reinvention of spa sociability)

The ancient city of Bath renowned for its waters ever since the Roman era played a decisive role in reinventing spa sociability in the first half of the eighteenth century. At a time when the British nation was being forged, manners were crucial in the rivalry with France, as they were redefined in an attempt to create a distinct model of sociability.
Places Practices
People Practices

Hannah More (and philanthropic sociability)

Hannah More, a woman of letters, was a Christian activist and philanthropist. Her sociable life in Britain’s major social centers, London and Bath, enabled her to use her closeness to the bluestocking.

Beau Nash

Richard Nash, known as Beau Nash by his contemporaries, played a decisive part in the transformation of Bath, Britain’s ancient watering-place, into a fashionable resort.