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"Thinking through Poems: Composition and Decision-Making in Late Eighteenth-Century Women’s Novels."

My project focuses on late eighteenth-century women’s poetry composition. Specifically, I am looking at how poetry composition is represented as being used by heroines to make decisions and have an influence over the plot, in the novels of Ann Radcliffe, Eleanor Sleath, Charlotte Dacre and Amelia Opie. I argue that the cultural protocols for poetry composition would have been recognised by the intended eighteenth-century readership of the novels. Using cognitive cultural studies, I analyse the ways in which the novels explore how thoughts and feelings could be revised through poetry composition.

I'm a participant of the research and education initiative, Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE), which is one of the Faculty of Humanities five promoted initiatives. LCE is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature. More about LCE <https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/lce/>

The Doctoral Research Fellowship is a 3-year salaried position funded by ILOS.


    ENG1303 - British Literature - Seminar leader (Spring 2021)

    LIT2340 – Litterært fordypningsemne: sjangerstudium - "The Gothic Tale: Aesthetics, Material Cultures and Politics (1790 to the Present)"

    • Designed and teaching the course, focusing on building connections between British and Russian women writers (Autumn 2021)


    I organised an outreach day of events at Oslo Katedralskole on 3rd September 2019, 'Thinking with Historical Literature'.

    I ran 3 school classroom workshops in 2018, including "Romantic Poetry" for Vg3 and "Women's Writing in History" for Vg1.  



    • MSt English (1700-1830), University of Oxford, 2015-16.
    • MA English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 2011-2015.
    • Baldwin Brown Travelling Scholarship. History of Art, University of Edinburgh, 2011-12; The nation state and cross-cultural exchange in museums, Poland and Istanbul. 
    Tags: Women Writers, Narratology, Material Culture, Feminist theory, Philosophy of mind, Poetry, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Russian literature, Art History, Comparative literature


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    Published Sep. 1, 2017 10:27 AM - Last modified Oct. 18, 2021 9:31 PM