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Dr Sophie Heywood

Dr Sophie Heywood
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Sophie Heywood



Admissions Officer for the Department of Languages and Cultures.



At Part 1

I convene the module FR1MMF ‘The Making of Modern France’, and teach on children's literature for the module ML1TRANS/EN1TRANS 'Thinking Translation: History and Methods'.

At Part 3

I convene the module FR3M68/ HS3M68 May 68, and teach on the module ML3IC ‘Identity and Conflict in Modern Europe’, and teach translation for the core French language module. 


Areas of Interest

The history of children's literature and publishing; children's books in translation; children's culture in the Cold War and after 1968; feminism; the cultural and religious history of modern France.


Research groups / Centres

In 2016, I was awarded a LE STUDIUM/ Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship, based at the University of Tours, to lead the research project 'The Children's '68', on the impact of the '68 years on cultures of childhood, working with scholars in countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden. More information on the project and its outcomes can be found at:

Between 2012-2015 I was part of a group of researchers from the Modern Languages and English Departments who secured funding from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a three-year project to promote the preservation of, and access to, literary archives held worldwide. More information about the project can be found at:

I am a co-director of the Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing (CBCP), along with colleagues in Italian, English Literature and Typography. We undertake research in book cultures and publishing with a distinctive global, multilingual and multidisciplinary focus. Information on our research projects, opportunities and seminars can be found at:


Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries concerning research supervision in any of my areas of research interest.

Current supervisions:

  • Nouf Alsayed: Subtitling culture for the audience in Saudi cinema



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Encyclopaedia Entries:

'Gender in children’s literature in Europe 19th-21st centuries/ Le genre dans la littérature pour enfants en Europe xixe-xxie siècles', Digital Encyclopedia of European History, 2019


Book reviews:

Review of Encounters with Wild Children. Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature. By Adriana S. Benzaquén. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth  January 2010

Review of Poverty, Charity, and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in NIneteenth-Century France. By Christine Adams. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2010, French History, published online 30 December 2012




MA Hons, Edinburgh; PhD, Edinburgh

Research grants and awards:
Junior Research Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research, October 2007-May 2008

Scholarship, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, October 2004-October 2007

Awarded the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund 'Best Research Output Prize' 2012, Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, for the monograph on the comtesse de Ségur:

Co-investigator, Leverhulme International Network, Diasporic Literary Archives: Questions of Location, Ownership and Interpretation, 2012-15

Principal Investigator LE STUDIUM/ Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship, Université de Tours François-Rabelais, ‘The Children’s ‘68/ Le ’68 des enfants’ 2016-17



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