Natasha Kennedy

    Natasha Kennedy

    Postgraduate research student

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    Research Interests

    My research interests are in the intersection of literature and science in the nineteenth century and fin de sieclè. I am especially interested in Victorian mental science, evolution, and speculative fiction. My thesis explores the complexities of memory within some prominent utopian and dystopian texts from the mid- to late- Victorian period. By contextualising the novels against nineteenth-century publications on theories of memory, it offers insights into Victorian psychological frameworks, and investigates how memory is tied to Victorian debates over memory, nostalgia, selfhood and identity. My thesis is supervised by Dr. Caroline Sumpter and Dr. Alex Murray.

    Other

    I studied for my BA(Hons) English at Queen's University Belfast (2013-2016), where my dissertation on "Aldous Huxley and the Sexual Reform: Sex Education and Birth Control in Huxley's Interwar Essays and Fiction"was supervised by Dr. Alex Murray. I continued my study at Queen's, graduating with an MA Distinction in English Literary Studies from 2016 to 2017. My MA dissertation "Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the Forerunner: Gender, Race, and Insects" was supervised by Dr. Caroline Sumpter.

    Achievements

    AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Award

    Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary Scholarship for Postgraduate Study

    Stage 3 Dissertation Prize

    McMullan Prize - Best Individual Essays at Stage 2 or 3

    Best Performance at Stage 2

     

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