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Jenny Wing Haang Mak

I am an Early Career researcher in English and Comparative Literary Studies, having just completed my PhD at Warwick. My PhD thesis, titled 'Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature', looked at how literature represents embodied experiences of globalisation. Specifically, it considered 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 analysed 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 elaborated on the idea of resistance, as it related to the role of the body under globalisation. My research also links to world literature, literary aesthetics, and dance & performance studies. My thesis was supervised by Dr Rashmi Varma and Prof Thomas Docherty.

I am also a writer, with experience writing short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, blogs etc. 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.

Updates (2019)

Research & Creative Interests

Creative Writing & Critical Practice | Filmmaking | Bodily-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 Summer 2019, I ran a series of workshops at Warwick:

In 2018/19, I was a tutor for the undergraduate workshop 'Academic Writing' in both the English Literature and Economics departments. I taught first-year English Literature and Economics undergraduates skills for writing academic essays. I also lectured and taught seminars on the honours-level undergraduate modules 'Global City Literature: Image, Theory, Text (EN374)' (UG hons), 'New Literatures in English (EN251)' (UG hons), and 'Modes of Reading (EN122)' (core UG).

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 'Modern World Literatures (EN123)' (core UG). 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 'Problems and Modes in Postcolonial Literature (EN904)' (MA module), using material from my PhD research. The students were taught about a Caribbean novel, Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco.

Activities

Awards

  • Finalist, Bristol Science Film Competition (Aug 2019)
  • 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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Wing dot Mak at warwick dot ac dot uk

www.jennywhmak.com

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