School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Emily Anderson

Postgraduate Research Student


I am a PhD candidate in Newcastle's School of English Language, English Literature, and Linguistics (SELLL), funded by the AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. My thesis is entitled ‘Humour and Representation in British Writing of the First World War: A Literary Analysis’. It addresses the role of humour in British First World War writing of the 1914-18 period. My analysis establishes the representational work performed by humour in contemporary texts about the conflict. In demonstrating the ways in which writers used humour to create nuanced pictures of war experience, I create a new way of thinking about how authors approached the representational challenge that the conflict presented. I am supervised by Dr Anne Whitehead and Dr Martin Dubois.

Alongside my doctoral research, I teach Newcastle University’s ‘Introduction to Literary Studies 1’ module. This is a course for first year undergraduates that offers an overview of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and its contexts.

I co-organize events for the North East Forum for First World War Studies (NERFFS), and chair the SELLL Postgraduate Student-Staff Committee. I am also a student representative on the school’s Postgraduate Tutors Committee.

Prior to my PhD, I completed an MSc in Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh and a BA (Hons) at the University of Cambridge. My MSc dissertation was entitled ‘The 1916 Shakespeare Tercentenary in England and Scotland: Concepts of “Nation-ness” in Anniversary Tributes to the Playwright.’