Valentina P. Aparicio is a second year English Literature PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh, where she also studied her MSc in Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian Literature. Her research focuses in Romantic radical politics, particularly in the writings of Robert Southey. She studies how revolutionary movements in the Americas during the Romantic era affected Southey's body of work and political ideas. More generally, she is interested in 19th century radical politics, Marxist postcolonial studies, and decadentism and the Gothic.
Suzanne Black is a second-year PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in how digital fictions, such as fanfiction, and representations of the digital in printed contemporary fiction can be understood in the contexts of intertextuality, narratology, digital media, and digital humanities techniques.
Rachel Chung is a first year PhD student in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, Rachel studied Narrative Medicine and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. Now, Rachel is studying sexual violence in Shakespeare as portrayed by casts of all women. She is also a founding member of the trans-Atlantic theatre company Warman-Chung, as well as a contributor to Edinburgh-based company Bare Productions.
Hannah DeWitt is a first year PhD student in English Literature from California. She specializes in Early Modern Literature and textual studies and is currently working on female to male cross dressers in Early Modern Drama. On the rare occasion she is not reading, she is probably staring at trees, praying for snow, or smelling old books.
Elly Grayson is a first year English Literature PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on J. M. Barrie, and his use of Scottish folklore and fairy tales in his prose and drama. She is particularly interested in highlighting the progressive nature of his work, his meta-textual inclinations and how they relate to storytelling, myth-making and the presentation of the child in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Katie Hawthorne is a 2nd year PhD student in European Theatre. Talk to her about German and Scottish theatre, digital media or the likelihood of an all-robot performing arts troupe. Outside the library, she is a freelance culture journalist, specialising in angry political pop music.
Anna Kemball is a first year English Literature PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in representations of mental health across a range of indigenous literatures within Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Her research will propose new culturally-specific methodologies for the critical medical humanities.
Ciara McKay is a Masters student in Film Studies, although her background has previously been in music. She is particularly interested in classical Hollywood screwball comedy and melodrama. Outside of her research, Ciara avidly listens to 1930s and 40s radio (a truly niche interest) and continues her unending quest to find a decent gluten free doughnut.
Róisín McKelvey is a third-year PhD student in Celtic and Scottish Studies. Her research focuses on language provision in public services in Edinburgh and Glasgow, particularly interpreting and translation services and language support in schools. When she’s not sifting through policy documents, she is likely to be found reading and writing (or staring into space) in her favourite café, accompanied by an excessive amount of tea.
Alycia Pirmohamed is a first year PhD student in Creative Writing. She can usually be found reading, writing, or generally obsessing over poetry. Her research is on second-generation immigrant experiences and figurative representations of homeland.
Vivek Santayana is a second-year doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, twentieth and twenty-first century literature and the medical humanities. His thesis is on the late works of Nadine Gordimer. He also plays korfball for the University of Edinburgh and moonlights to train with Edinburgh City Korfball Club.
Holly Richards is a first year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores the methods and outputs of contemporary small and micro presses as ways of engaging with place. More broadly, her academic interests include the environmental humanities, folk music and experimental poetry.
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