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Eleni Zapra

Eleni Zapra

Doctoral Student in Literature.

Email: e.zapra2@newcastle.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Stacy Gillis & Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney
 
Research Project Title: The Quiet Rebel: Singlehood, Incarceration and the Female Gothic in Post-war British and Irish Writing (1945-1960)

Brief Outline of Research Project:

I examine overlooked British and Irish women writers of the post-war period (1945-1960) and how they challenge stereotypes and the dominant misogynistic cultural discourse, by reconfiguring the image of the romantically unattached female protagonist. I am particularly interested in the ways writers like Kate O’Brien, Antonia White, and Barbara Pym create alternative modes of being for their single women characters, and how they employ traditional Gothic tropes to discuss women’s everyday terrors inside patriarchal society. The Gothic provided an excellent opportunity for radical questioning during such a conformist and ideologically retrogressive period, with these women writers transforming archetypical Gothic motifs to challenge long-held perceptions of ‘normality’ and women’s ‘Otherness.’

The Quiet Rebel: Singlehood, Incarceration and the Female Gothic in Post-war British and Irish Writing

Research Interests:

  • The Gothic
  • Feminist Literary Theory
  • Feminist History
  • Queer Theory
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • American Literature

Research Activities:

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • September 2012, Environmental Perspectives in American Culture: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & The Embassy of the United States in Greece
  • September 2011, Re-Presentations of America, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & The Hellenic Association for American Studies (co-organizer)

Awards

  • September 2012, Federal Assistance Award, U.S. Department of State. 

Conference Organization

  • September 2011, Re-Presentations of America, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & The Hellenic Association for American Studies (co-organizer)

Research Groups

  • Gender Research Group, North East Research Group for Commerce and Culture

Other Activities

  • 2020-2021: Welfare Officer, Newcastle University PGR Community
  • 2019-2020: Communications Manager, Newcastle University PGR Community

 

Academic Background:

  • BA English Language & Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • MA American Literature & Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Thesis: ‘Women and Madness in 20th Century American Theatre.’

Website:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleni-zapra-b59008207/