Anaïs is a second year part-time PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis is entitled ‘Women of the Theatre and the Question of Rights in Paris, 1750-1800’ and is supervised by Pr Colin Jones. Anaïs has a MA from Queen Mary University of London, another MA from the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM) in Poitiers and a BA from the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO) in Angers.
Anaïs’s thesis focuses on four women of the theatre Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni (1713-1792), Mademoiselle Clairon (1723-1803), Marie-Madeleine Jodin (1741-1790) and Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793) who occurred to also be writers. Riccoboni was one of the most famous and best-seller writers of the eighteenth-century; Clairon and Jodin wrote political pamphlets; and de Gouges is known for her plays and her pamphlets. They all attempted, using their publications, to increase the sensibility of their contemporaries towards individual rights, such as women’s rights, actors’ rights or also illegitimate children’s rights.