Professor Margaret McGowan FBA

The Renaissance; interdisciplinary approaches to court literature and art; their political and cultural contexts; critical approaches to the History of the Dance and its printed, manuscript and visual sources

Elected 1993

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UK Fellow
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Professor McGowan studied at the University of Reading. She was at the University of Sussex from 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 was 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. 

Last post

Research Professor of French, University of Sussex

Past appointments

University of Sussex Professor of French

1974 - 1997

University of Sussex Reader

1968 - 1974

University of Sussex Lecturer

1964 - 1968

University of Glasgow Lecturer

1957 - 1964

Université de Strasbourg Lecturer

1955 - 1957


The Court Ballet of Louis XIII

Margaret McGowan - Published in 1989 by Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Moy Qui Me Voy: The Writer and the Self from Montaigne to Leiris

Edited by Margaret M. McGowan and George Craig - Published in 1989 by Oxford University Press

Ideal Forms in the Age of Ronsard

Margaret M. McGowan - Published in 1985 by California University Press

Form and Meaning: Aesthetic Coherence in Seventeenth-Century French Drama

Edited by Margaret M. McGowan and Ian D. McFarlane - Published in 1982 by Avebury

Montaigne's Deceits: The Art of Persuasion in the Essais

Margaret M. McGowan - Published in 1974 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

L'art du Ballet de Cour en France, 1581-1643

Margaret M. McGowan - Published in 1963 by Éditions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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