School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Chiara Pellegrini

Chiara Pellegrini

PhD student in Literature


Supervisors: Dr Stacy Gillis, Dr Lars Iyer

Research Project

Gender-variant subjectivity and first-person narration: authority, temporality, embodiment

My project develops a model for reading first-person narration aimed at challenging the current assumption in narrative theory that a narrator would be male or female and remain so throughout the narrative. I show how the narrator’s gender, when presented as other than binary and fixed, can significantly impact narrative form. By reading contemporary autobiographies and novels with first-person narrators who are transgendered, intersexed, non-gendered or fluidly gendered, I identify previously unconsidered aspects of narratorial identity around issues of embodiment, temporality, authority and reliability.

Research Interests

Contemporary literature and culture, film and television studies, narrative theory, queer theory, transgender studies, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis.

Research Activities


Gender Research Group


‘Reading Gender-Variant First Person Narrators and the Ethics of Authorship’, paper presented at ‘Storying the Self: a Symposium’, University of Brighton, March 2017

‘Creating a Narratological Framework for Gender-Fluid Narrators’, presented at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender’s Postgraduate Seminar Series, Warwick University, November 2016


Anonymity Unmasked: Identity, Agency, Responsibility - Newcastle University (, September 2017, co-organiser

Academic Background

MA in Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory - Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (Kingston University). Thesis: ‘Reading between Application and Implication: Lacan, Derrida and Literature.’

BA in English Literature with Linguistics - University of Westminster