Doctoral Student in Literature (Twentieth Century)
Beyond Borders: Nation and Nationality in Storm Jameson's Novels of World War Two
My thesis reappraises the work of Margaret Storm Jameson in the context of more contemporary theories around war and nation. It assesses the strength and originality of her novels of World War Two through analysis of her evolving presentation of the nations of Europe at times of national threat, occupation and liberation. It comes to argue that Jameson's work both reflects and challenges contemporary discourses around culture, civilisation and nation in a way that reinforces her importance as a key literary and political figure of the twentieth century.
My research interests include women's writing, the middlebrow, representations of war (particularly the World Wars) and nationhood. I am particularly interested in the intersections between these areas such as women writing about war and/or nationhood, nationhood in times of war and the politics of women's writing, both in an early twentieth century and in a more contemporary context.
I have taught the 'Contemporary Poetry' sessions of the PARTNERS Summer School for the last three years. I also teach on the Undergraduate modules 'Introduction to Literary Studies' I & II. I am also the co-ordinator of the School's Postgraduate Forum, arranging careers talks for postgraduate students from academics in the School of English on topics such as 'How to Build an Academic CV' and 'What is a Postdoc?'
I have organised the following conferences in the School of English:
I have assisted at the following conferences in the School of English:
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I served as the chair of the School's Postgraduate Staff-Student Committee (2011-2012) and as the School's Postgraduate Representative on the Faculty Postgraduate Board (2011-2012). I have served as a Student Representative on the School's Postgraduate Staff-Student Committee for the last five years. I am also a member of the Postgraduate Steering Committee for Newcastle University's Gender Research Group and the Postgraduate Representative on the WAR-Net Organising Committee. I am the administrator and the Assistant Book Reviews Editor for Feminist Theory Journal.