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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Oliver Melvill

Office: Room 2.16, AC Jordan Building


Oliver Melvill was educated in both South Africa and the UK, completing degrees in both Classics and English at UCT before gaining his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 2019. His thesis, entitled ‘Literary Praxis and Pedagogic Philosophy in British Educative Fiction after Rousseau’, focused on the relationship between educational philosophy and the novel at the turn of the nineteenth century. He has worked primarily on the writing and thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Hays and William Godwin as well as maintaining an abiding interest in eighteenth-century and Romantic fiction more broadly. He is currently researching and working on the fictional writing of Mary Wollstonecraft and hopes eventually to expand his research to begin examining the impact that the educational ideals developed in Britain in the late eighteenth century had on colonial education systems in South Africa from the nineteenth century onwards.