Professor Margaret McGowan FBA
About this Fellow
Professor McGowan studied at the University of Reading. She has been at the University of Sussex since 1964, serving as Dean of the School of European Studies from 1977-1980; as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1981-1986 and 1989-92; and as Deputy Vice Chancellor from 1992-1998. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the Early Dance Circle. In 2009, she won the Wolfson Prize for her book Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession. She was made a CBE in 1998.
- Research Professor of French, University of Sussex
- Professor of French, University of Sussex, 1974 - 1997
- Reader, University of Sussex, 1968 - 1974
- Lecturer, University of Sussex, 1964 - 1968
- Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 1957 - 1964
- Lecturer, Université de Strasbourg, 1955 - 1957
British Academy Appointments
- Vice-President, 1996 - 1998
- Member of Council, 1995 - 1996
18th-century Britain, including literary, political, social and cultural history, with special concentrations in the history of the book and aspects of music, gardening and medicine
Renaissance & seventeenth century English literature, especially John Milton; ancient & modern European literatures; cultural history, especially art, architecture, garden history, legal history & Biblical studies; the contemporary Islamic world
Sixteenth & seventeenth century literature & thought in Europe, especially France; the role played by various dimensions of language (eg concept-formation; tense-aspect) in the shaping of knowledge & belief.
The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism