I am a Postgraduate Research Fellow and part-time Tutor at the University of Warwick. I started my PhD here in October 2003, after gaining a Masters in Women‘s Studies at the University of Oxford and a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in English Literature at the University of Durham (1998–2001).
My thesis is on twentieth-century English working-class writing and domesticity and the home.
About My Research
Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
Supervisor: Dr Gill Frith (English)
Second Supervisor: Professor Carolyn Steedman (History)
Reproducing the Home: Working-Class Writing 1913-60
My research examines English working-class writing from D.H.Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (1913) to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe (1958). My central concern is to examine the image of the home in the novels and to look at how domesticity is used with regards to the representation and formation of class and gender in the texts. The chapters move chronologically, focussing on: Sons and Lovers (1913) and Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914); Ethel Carnie Holdsworth's This Slavery (1925) and Ellen Wilkinson's Clash (1929); Walter Greenwood's Love on the Dole (1933), Walter Brierley's Means-Test Man (1935) and James Hanley's The Furys (1935); and John Braine's Room at the Top (1957) and Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958).
Year Started: 2003
Funding: Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellow