The PG CWWN is managed by a group of PhD candidates at a variety of institutions.
By its very nature as a postgraduate-led network, the Steering Group of the PG CWWN is a fluid and shifting team comprising a range of postgraduate researchers in both the early and latter stages of their doctoral study from institutions across the UK. It seeks to bring together a community of emerging scholars researching contemporary women’s writing.
The steering group is currently composed of:
Emma Young – University of Lincoln
Emma is a PhD student in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford where she is funded by a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Prior to this Emma completed her Masters degree in Modern Literature at the University of Leicester and studied at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln where she graduated with a First Class (Hon) degree in English Literature. Her thesis examines the work of British women writers of the short story since 1980 and considers the influence of and interaction with feminism by questioning how the short story might be used as a vehicle for engaging with, and representing, feminist politics. Emma also has a strong research interest in the work of Emma Donoghue and has published on a variety of her novels.
You can follow her work on her academia.edu page
James Bailey – University of Sheffield
James is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. His thesis, funded by the AHRC, examines the treatment of time and free will in the fiction of Muriel Spark, and consults the author’s manuscripts and private letters, held in archives at the National Library of Scotland and the University of Tulsa. His research interests include modern and contemporary British fiction, studies of memory and autobiography, queer theory, postmodernism, and feminist criticism and theory.
James has taught modules in narrative prose and literary theory at the University of Sheffield. His research has been published in academic journals and in an edited collection entitled Representing Perpetrators (2012).
You can follow his work on his academia.edu page.
Laura-Jane Devanny – DeMontfort University Leicester
Laura-Jane is a PhD student at De Montfort University, where she is currently researching 21st century novels by British and American writers of speculative fiction. After gaining an MA in Modern English Studies with distinction she pursued a successful career in secondary English teaching, both in the UK and abroad, before returning to study through a fully-funded AHRC studentship award. Her thesis focuses on the portrayals of the future female as an embodiment of current feminist concerns, and how the representations in the novels chosen can be used to both assess and reconfigure contemporary ideologies. Her critical interests lie with debates around new feminisms and their interactions with popular cultural theories, as well as with speculative/science fiction as a genre.
You can follow her work on her academia.edu page.
Former Steering Group Members:
Dr. Adele Jones 2006 – 2010 (Founding member)
Dr Ginette Carpenter 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)
Dr Katsura Sako 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)
Dr. Claire O’Callaghan 2008 –2013
Dr. Nadine Muller 2008 – 2011
Dr. Louise Sheridan 2008 – 2010
Dr. Kristin Ewins 2008 – 2009
Dr Cleo Hanaway 2008 – 2009
Ms. Katy Gledhill 2008 – 2009
Ms. Theresa Jamieson 2010 – 2011
Ms. Fran Pollard 2009 – 2010
Ms. Amy Rushton 2009 – 2013
Ms. Cat McGurren 2011– 2013
Ms. Alex Pryce 2010 – 2013