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Gemma Gaskell

Photo of Eleanor FittonI have now completed my PhD, which was centred on Victorian religion in the works of Lewis Carroll. My thesis examined the ways in which, in response to so-called Victorian 'crisis of faith', Carroll constructs for himself a new belief system, drawn from a variety of different religious sources. He demonstrates a kind of religious eclecticism which is more radical than he is sometimes given credit for. The thesis seeks to link Carroll with modified Christian orthodoxies, Spiritualism and Psychical Research, Eastern Theosophy and elements of Judaism and Kabbalism. My work was supervised by Professor John Schad.

My BA, MA and the beginning of my PhD research were undertaken at Loughborough University where I also taught on a number of first-year Undergraduate modules and on the final-year Children's Literature module. I co-organised a Postgraduate interdisciplinary conference at Loughborough in 2006 called 'Boundaries'; and co-edited a collection of essays influenced by the conference, published in 2007.

Gemma graduated in 2010

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