Charlotte Hand

D.Phil. in English
Thesis title: Recalibrating Modern Womanhood: Time, Region, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century America
Supervisor: Dr Nicholas Gaskill

I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford where I hold the Drue Heinz Scholarship. My research interest includes nineteenth-century American literature, history of the book, gender and sexuality in the U.S., and temporal and regional politics. My current thesis argues that in nineteenth-century America, when regions were jostling for cultural and temporal space, debating over which chronometry would define U.S. modernity, female authors of various region recalibrated the True Woman, an idealized image of middle-class femininity, to write white middle-class women into the narrative of American modernity.


“Reorienting ‘Lost’ Time: Reading Godey’s Lady’s Book in the American Civil War”, Book History, 25.1 (2022), 172-208.

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