Area: English Literature
My thesis focuses upon evolutionary theory and the weird tale, with reference to the work of Arthur Machen and H. P. Lovecraft. It takes in the notions of pre-human survival, degeneration, hybridization, and future evolution, and the ways in which they are influenced by and work to construct contemporary social and national anxieties.
I graduated from Manchester university with a BA in Combined Studies (Arts) in 2004, before moving to Cardiff to complete an MA in English Literature.
‘“Mixed-Up Creatures”: Identity and its Boundaries in Arthur Machen’s Weird Tales’, Almanac 15, 2010-11.
Conferences, Symposia and Seminars
6 Feb 2010: Nature and the Long Nineteenth Century, University of Edinburgh (Presenter)
26-28 Mar 2010: Canons and Canon Building, Association for Welsh Writing in English (Presenter)
24 Sep 2010: Wales, Ireland and Popular Culture, Cardiff University (Presenter)
17 May 2011: Myths, Legends and Folklore, Cardiff University (Presenter)
7-8 July 2011: Transformations, Cardiff University (Presenter)
18-20 Nov 2011: The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity, De Montfort University (Presenter)
(Upcoming) 12-13 Apr 2012: Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject, Manchester Museum (Presenter)
I have taught as a Postgraduate Tutor in ENCAP for two years. Prior to beginning my PhD, I achieved a CertEd at the University of Wales, Newport, as part of which I volunteered for Torfaen Adult Basic Skills, teaching literacy and driving theory.