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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', considers how contemporary literary texts from the Caribbean, South Korea, Nigeria, Japan, U.S., U.K., and India represent the resistance practices of people who are marginalised under globalisation. I show how we can understand the effects of such practices by way of bodily kinaesthesia. Reading these texts with kinaesthetic awareness of such bodily movements will help us understand how these people enact agency and resistance in a world that systemically moves against them. 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 (April 2013) for my short story 'Oysters', which was shortlisted as one of the top 12 out of 500 entries. I was also 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 (January - August 2013).

Research Interests

Contemporary & World Literature, Globalisation, Postcolonial Literature, Performance Studies, Body Studies, Dance Studies, Aesthetics


PhD Candidate in English Literature, University of Warwick (October 2013 - Present)
M.A. with Distinction in English Literature, University of Warwick (October 2012 - September 2013)
B.A. (Hons) in English, University of York (October 2006 - July 2009)

Conference Papers


As of June 2016, I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2014/15, I taught the undergraduate module 'Modern World Literatures (EN123)', looking at primary texts spanning from 1789 to present to engage with the concept of modernity from a global perspective. (Goethe, William Blake, Mary Shelley, Charles Baudelaire, Henrik Ibsen, Joseph Conrad, Soseki Natsume, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Vladimir Nabokov, Tayib Salih etc.)

In Autumn 2013, I co-led a seminar of the MA module 'Problems and Modes in Postcolonial Literature (EN904)', where we discussed Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco.


  • Student Blogger, PhD Life, University of Warwick (November 2017 - Present)
  • 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 (January - May 2014, 22-23 May 2014)
  • Editorial and Production Director, Read Me Anthology, University of Warwick (January - August 2013)

Achievements & Awards

  • Best Industry Transition weekly online article for PhDs for 'Settling In as an International PhD Student', Cheeky Scientist Association (April 2018)
  • Finalist, InkTears Short Story Competition (April 2013)
  • Warwick Opportunity Fund & Warwick IATL Fund bursaries, Read Me Anthology (February 2013)
  • Distinction in 'Languages For All' programme in French, University of York (July 2008)
  • Best A2 Level Humanities Student, Bellerbys College (July 2005)
  • £5,000 scholarship, Bellerbys College (January 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.


Contact Me:

W dot H dot Mak at warwick dot ac dot uk

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