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.
Currently seeking a local band that loves gigging!
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 all-femme casts. She is also a founding member of the trans-Atlantic production 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.
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.
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.
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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