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Durham University



Ms Emmanuela Wroth

Member of the Department of Music

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Emmanuela is doing a collaborative doctoral project between the Department of Music and the Bowes Museum. Taking Josephine Bowes (a Parisian actor, turned British aristocrat) as a key case study, she is researching female actors on the Parisian popular stage in the mid-nineteenth century. Inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, she is interested in the huge influence of popular culture and its icons on gender politics and the codes that govern sexual conduct and consent in nineteenth-century France and Britain, and by implication modern Western discourses more generally. Her research encompasses the historic associations between the role of female actors and courtesans, engaging with current scholarship on sex work. She holds a BA and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where her research similarly focused on gender and post-colonial theories. 

Research Interests

  • Female actors
  • Gender studies
  • Nineteenth Century French Studies
  • Popular theatre
  • Post-colonial theory
  • Queer theory