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I passed my PhD in February 2009, and was examined by John Bowen and Cora Kaplan. I have worked as a postgraduate tutor in the English department since 2005, and taught the 'Gothic and Melodrama' module for three years. This year I am teaching both 'Modes of Reading' and 'The European Novel'. I completed my BA at the University of Sussex in 2003, and have been at Warwick since 2004 when I came to the university to study for a Masters degree. I have been fortunate enough to be funded by the AHRC for both my MA and PhD.

About My Research

Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies

Supervisor: John Fletcher

Victorian Familial Enigmas: Inheritance and Influence
I create a psychoanalytic reading of four Victorian novels by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, with the premise that familial constellations are inextricably related to both the creation of subjectivity and narrative form. I use psychoanalytic concepts of transgenerational transmission and trauma in my readings of the novels. Jean Laplanche‘s theories are central; he suggests that unconscious parental desires are determining forces in the development of the subject. These theories force us to question how fantasy can operate across a family group, rather than as an isolated intrapsychic phenomenon. In the novels, these theories point us towards fundamental conflicts between maternal and paternal modes and the construction of identity in relation to these conflicts.

Year Started: 2005

Funding: AHRC

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