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Carys Hudson's PhD thesis, supervised by Dr. Caroline Sumpter and Dr. Alex Murray, explores Decadent configurations of childhood, youth, and memory, considering the child as subjects in adult writing and readers of children's literature. Her project interrogates Decadent approaches to aesthetics, individualism/collectivism, gender, sexuality, readership, and earlier literary models (particularly British Romanticism) as it seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How did Decadent writers draw on earlier treatises on, and literary models of, childhood?
  • What role does the child play in Decadent approaches to selfhood, identity, memory, and the aesthetic imagination?
  • What kinds of gender politics emerge in Decadent literature for and about children?
  • What sorts of literature exist for children as readers of Decadence, and how do Decadent writers navigte the conflicts that emerge between readerships?
  • How does the child fit within and/or disrupt the sexual and transnational frameworks of Decadent scholarship?

These questions will allow the project to recontextualise youth's significance to Decadence, shifting the critical focus from adult to child. 

Research Interests

Carys's research primarily centres on fin-de-siècle literature, specifically Aestheticism and Decadence, and her thesis explores the centrality of the child to Decadent writing. Her wider research interests, which include memory, sexuality, literary networks and celebrity, material culture, and periodical studies, are often contiguous with her interest in configurations of childhood during the late-nineteenth century.


Carys has experience teaching on the following modules:

  • ENG1001: English in Transition

From 2018-2019, she worked as a Research Assistant on the "New Oxford Shakespeare" digitial humanities research project and delivered classes on the use of XML (Extensible Markup Language) in manuscript and archival research at the University of Victoria, Canada.


In 2019, Carys received a BA in English and Film Studies with First-class Honours from De Montfort University, Leicester, where she graduated first of her cohort and received the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Prize. Her dissertation, titled "Angela Carter's Postfeminist Mythos: Sexuality and Sadism in 'The Bloody Chamber'", was supervised by Dr. Hila Shachar.

In 2020, she received an MA in English Literary Studies (2019–2020) with Distinction from Queen's University Belfast. Her dissertation, titled "Aesthetic Liturgy and the Ancients: Religious Syncretism in the Works of Richard Garnett and Michael Field", was supervised by Dr. Alex Murray.

In 2020, Carys commenced doctoral study in the Department of English at Queen's University Belfast; her thesis on the relationship between Decadence and the child is supervised by Dr. Caroline Sumpter and Dr. Alex Murray.


Professional Associations

British Association for Decadence Studies; British Association for Victorian Studies; Children's History Society; Research Society for Victorian Periodicals; Victorian Popular Fiction Association.

Carys currently sits on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Victorian Studies as a Postgraduate Representative (2022—) and co-runs its postgraduate Twitter (@BAVS_PGs) and blog, the Victorianist (victorianist.wordpress.com).


Email: chudson07@qub.ac.uk

Office: House 5 University Square, 01/004

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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