University of Stirling, University of Glasgow
Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman is co-supervised by the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow. Her research focuses upon novel reading and its association with various forms of improvement in Post-Enlightenment Scotland. By combining textual analysis with detailed archival work, Cleo’s research analyses the forms of improvement presented in the novels of six Scottish authors, and questions the extent to which these forms are reflected in the borrowing behaviour of contemporary readers across six libraries in Scotland. In so doing, her research seeks to give a fuller picture of post-Enlightenment reading habits, and of the novel as an improving form of literature.