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Jenny Wing Haang Mak

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. My PhD thesis, titled 'Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature', looks at how literature represents embodied experiences of globalisation. Specifically, it considers how bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence can be valuable for helping us understand how resistance is enacted through bodies, especially by people who are marginalised under globalisation. I analyse contemporary literature from different cultural sites (the Caribbean, South Korea, Nigeria, Japan, U.S., U.K., and India) that provide accounts of such experiences. My literary research ultimately elaborates on the idea of resistance, as it relates to the role of the body under globalisation. My research also links to world literature, literary aesthetics, and dance & performance studies. My thesis is supervised by Dr Rashmi Varma and Prof Thomas Docherty.

I also write fiction. I was a Finalist in the InkTears Short Story Competition for my short story 'Oysters', which was shortlisted as one of the top 12 out of 500 entries. I was the Editorial and Production Director of Read Me Anthology, a university-funded, published young adult fiction anthology that resulted in a book launch event at Waterstones Coventry and two of our writers being contacted by literary agents.

Visit my Creative Work & Publications page for more details.

Research Interests

Creative Writing & Critical Practice | Body/Kinesthetic Movement & Performance Studies | Contemporary & World Literature | Embodied Experiences of Globalisation | Postcolonial Literature & Resistance | Literary Representation & Aesthetics

Education

PhD in English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (Oct 2013 - Oct 2018)
M.A. with Distinction in English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (Oct 2012 - Nov 2013)
B.A. (Hons) in English, University of York (Oct 2006 - Jul 2009)

Conference Papers

Teaching | Workshops

In Spring 2019, I led a creative writing workshop on character motivation, voice, and dialogue for the PG Creative Writing Group.

In Spring 2019, I lectured and taught seminars on the honours-level undergraduate modules 'Global City Literature: Image, Theory, Text (EN374)' and 'New Literatures in English (EN251)'. I also taught on seminars of the core undergraduate module 'Modes of Reading (EN122)'.

In 2018/19, I am a tutor for the undergraduate workshop 'Academic Writing' in both the English Literature and Economics departments. I teach first-year English Literature and Economics undergraduates skills for writing academic essays.

As of June 2016, I am certified as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for teaching and learning support in higher education.

In 2014/15, I was a seminar tutor for the core undergraduate module 'Modern World Literatures (EN123)'. I taught 2 seminar groups with texts from 18th century to contemporary literary periods, by writers such as Goethe, Baudelaire, Ibsen, Conrad, Soseki, Kafka, Beckett, Nabokov, Salih etc., ranging fiction, theatre, poetry, and film. The students were taught to engage with the concept of modernity from a global perspective.

In Autumn 2013, I co-led a seminar of the Masters-level module 'Problems and Modes in Postcolonial Literature (EN904)', using material from my PhD research. The MA students were taught about a Caribbean novel, Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco.

Activities

Awards

  • Best Industry Transition weekly online article for PhDs for 'Settling In as an International PhD Student', Cheeky Scientist Association (Apr 2018)
  • Finalist, InkTears Short Story Competition (Apr 2013)
  • Project Bursaries from Warwick Opportunity Fund & Warwick IATL Fund, Read Me Anthology (Feb 2013)
  • Best A2 Level Humanities Student, Bellerbys College (Jul 2005)
  • Student Bursary, Bellerbys College (Jan 2005)
  • Highly Commended Award, Commonwealth Essay Competition (2004)

Professional Experience

My experience in the publishing and media industries informs my academic research and gives me real-world knowledge of the literary market and book production process. I have worked as an editorial assistant with teens magazine, a youth lifestyle publication in Singapore. I have also done internships with Ink Publishing (specifically Time Out Singapore magazine) and Arcadia Books, a world literature publisher in London.

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www.jennywhmak.com

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