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Maeve Devitt-Tremblay

Biography:

Gonville and Caius College
Cambridge Trust Scholar

My PhD focuses on representations of Poland in nineteenth-century Paris. I am particularly interested in how Poland was portrayed in the public sphere, both through consumption and as entertainment. My research also considers the relationship between nationalism and culture. Adopting the concept of an ‘imagined community’, I consider how representations of Poland within France helped propagate the idea of an existing Polish nation over a century where politically and cartographically, Poland was difficult to locate.

My MPhil (Cambridge, 2013-14) focused on Polish nobility on the Grand Tour, looking at three nobles who travelled to Western Europe in the eighteenth-century and how they self-fashioned cosmopolitan identities through consuming Western European objects and acquiring knowledge of Western traditions. I completed my Bachelors Degree (High Distinction) at Trinity College, University of Toronto in History (2010-2014).

My PhD is supervised by Hubertus Jahn and advised by Emma Spary.