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I completed my BA here at Lancaster in 2003, so to come back for my PhD has been something of a homecoming (although it still feels surreal having supervisions in the old County halls of residence!). In between I did my MA at Manchester, and still live in the city, thus alternating between rain + concrete and rain + hills.
My PhD work, supervised by Brian Baker, is focussed upon an exploration of identity as portrayed in a selection of contemporary graphic novels, including Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor series and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese. Particularly, I am interested in depictions of masculinity in these works, and also the representation of physical and other spaces, both experienced and self-created, and furthermore considering these in relation to the unique form and composition of the graphic novel medium.
In July I will be presenting a paper at the conference Identity and Form in 20th and 21st Century Literature, being held at Sheffield Hallam University (plenary speakers Prof. Thomas Docherty & Prof. Stuart Murray). I am currently co-organising a conference to be held at Lancaster in June 2010. Planning is at a fairly early stage, but I and my co-organisers, Chloe and Gosia, hope to make the conference as inclusive – and enticing! – as possible, so please do get in touch if you would like to get involved. I am also collaborating on establishing a postgraduate journal for the department so, again, please get in touch if you are interested in assisting with this project.
In my spare time I like watching HBO series (Sex & the City excepted) and dead intellectual cinema (as well as high quality fare such as Charlie’s Angels and Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer), hiking (hills), cycling (flat places), daydreaming about founding a self-sufficient commune in France, being enraged by idiots (often, but not exclusively, on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website), and drinking hot Ribena. I’ve also just started a book group with a friend, because I don’t read enough.
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