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Rachel Holland

rachel_hollandI am a first year PhD student with research interests in contemporary fiction and theory. My thesis is shaping up to involve a study of the relationships between literature, science and subjectivity, with a particular focus on novels that engage with scientific ideas as a way of understanding the world. I am interested in the history of dialogue and debate between what has traditionally been termed the ‘two cultures’ of science and the humanities, and the ways in which this dynamic continues to evolve in contemporary culture. I will be considering the extent to which it is relevant to discuss the work of writers such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, David Lodge, Scarlett Thomas, Michel Houellebecq, Italo Calvino and Richard Powers in terms of participation in an emergent ‘third culture’, in which traditional boundaries between art and science are tested.

I studied for both my BA and MA at Lancaster, and am delighted to be continuing my research, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Greaney, in this diverse and immensely supportive department.

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