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Mel Venables


Student Recruitment and Marketing Officer (PAIS), PhD Candidate (Notts)

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74694
Room: B1.03, Social Sciences Building
Office Hours: Any time, just barge in--don't even bother knocking, it's not like I have work to do

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I joined PAIS in October 2009 as Postgraduate Coordinator. In August of 2010 I unofficially took on the role of Student Recruitment and Marketing Officer, which later became a permanent position. Since I'm also an idiot, I also joined the School of English at the University of Nottingham as a part-time PhD candidate in September 2010.

My current research centres on the functions of storytelling in Beowulf, particularly in terms of how stories are used to manipulate audiences within the poem, how those audiences affect storytellers in the poem, and how this potentially reflects the external poet/audience relationship. The relationship between storytelling and conversation, the use of stories as tools, and the value of stories/value that stories add to objects and people are some of the elements I am looking at.

In addition to working and 'researching', I was on the organisational committee for the 2012 Institute for Medieval Research postgraduate conference in Nottingham.

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