Thesis Title: 'Women of Nature after Undine'
Fern is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department. Her research is supervised by Prof. Emma Mason, and funded by the Wolfson Foundation.
Fern specializes in literature from the long nineteenth century, with particular interests in works that reflect on the late Romantic era, the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and the fin-de-siècle. Her thesis looks at British literary responses to Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's fairy tale novel Undine from 1818 to 1918, with a focus on how spirituality, religious devotion, and the concept of the soul came to be represented by characters who are figured as both human women and flora and fauna from the natural world: nymphs, elemental spirits, and hybrid creatures such as lamias and mermaids. Her research on nineteenth-century fantasy intersects with critical theory on ecofeminism and feminist theology, and with research into Gothic literature.
2020/21: Epic into Novel
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