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Jenny 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 (Apr 2013) 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 (Jan - Aug 2013).

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Research Interests

Contemporary & World Literature in relation to Body Studies, Globalisation, Resistance, Dance & Performance Studies, and Aesthetics.

Education

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

Conference Papers

Teaching

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

  • Student Blogger, PhD Life, University of Warwick (Nov 2017 - Aug 2018)
  • Mentor for MA students wishing to apply for further studies, Dept of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (2014-15)
  • Chair of Organising Committee, 10th Anniversary Postgraduate Symposium, Dept of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (Jan - May 2014, 22-23 May 2014)
  • Editorial and Production Director, Read Me Anthology, University of Warwick (Jan - Aug 2013)

Achievements & 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)
  • Warwick Opportunity Fund (£596) & Warwick IATL Fund (£1,256) bursaries, Read Me Anthology (Feb 2013)
  • Distinction in 'Languages For All' programme in French, University of York (Jul 2008)
  • Best A2 Level Humanities Student, Bellerbys College (Jul 2005)
  • £5,000 scholarship, Bellerbys College (Jan 2005)
  • Highly Commended Award, Commonwealth Essay Competition (2004)
  • Best in Level, English, Literature, History, Mathematics, CHIJ Katong Convent (2001-2004)

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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Contact Me:

W dot H dot Mak at warwick dot ac dot uk


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