Member Profiles

You might have been wondering from time to time who else is involved in the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network and what other members are (currently) working on.

As a way of enhancing the postgraduate community the PG CWWN website offers a space for member profiles. This will give students a network platform to not only make their work in progress/current research visible but also to share it with others and so pave the way for peer connections and potential collaborations.

If you would like to share your research interests with the community, then feel free to send us an email to with the following information:

 • name and affiliation

 • a maximum of three sentences describing your thesis topic/research interests

 • link to your site/university profile/blog etc

 We look forward to hearing from you!



Sule Akdogan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

I earned my B.A. in English Language Teaching and M.A. in English Literature from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. My M.A. thesis was entitled “Representation of Nature D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love and The Plumed Serpent and Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out and Orlando: A Biography.” Now I am going on with my Ph.D. studies at the Middle East Technical University. Currently, I am going on with my Ph.D. studies at the same university. My dissertation topic is entitled as “Local Feminisms: A Comparative Analysis of Feminist Literary Theory and Practice in the 1970s in America, Britain, and Turkey.” My research interests include feminist literary theory and women’s writing, modernist novel, and comparative literature.

Shahd Alshammari (University of Kent)

Shahd Alshammari is a Kuwaiti-Palestinian Bedouin academic. She is interested in madness and disability as portrayed in global literature. After finalizing a PhD from the University of Kent, she is now working on an illness narrative, where she examines her own disability through a critical lens. Follow her work on

Marlene Bichet (University of Salford)

I am working on the latest English translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex, focusing on how that translation conveys (or otherwise undermines) the philosophical and feminist impact of de Beauvoir’s magnum opus. My interests include Translation Studies (especially Venuti’s domestication/foreignisation, the I.T.T., the translation of philosophy), Gender Studies and Existentialism.

Emma Deeks (Edge Hill University)

Emma is currently a self-funded PhD student in the English and History department of Edge Hill University. Prior to this, she studied for her BA English Literature degree at the University of Chester, and completed her MA in Women’s Narrative at Edge Hill University. Her main research interests are feminist theory and the representation of women in different media, particularly in contemporary fiction and on digital media platforms. Her thesis analyses the textual constructions of gender online, exploring the role of anonymity, and specifically the feminist potential of these elements within women’s self representational blogs.

You can follow her work on her

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 page.

Erin Horáková (Queen Mary)

Erin Horáková’s cross-period thesis explores charm as an artifact, affect and literary effect, positing that charm’s many seemingly-disparate meanings are actually fundamentally interconnected. She also writes on genre fiction and fandom, and also writes fiction. She is particularly interested in the feminist, queer and political dimensions of these modes of writing and of the productive community structures that can accompany them.

Hannah Kershaw (University of York)

My thesis focuses how contemporary British literature approaches the Muslim experience of multiculturalism in Britain. I am funded by the ESRC and am part of a network called ‘Reshaping Multiculturalism through Cultural Practices’.

Amber Lascelles (University of Leeds)

Amber Lascelles is a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. Her thesis explores resistance to capitalism in contemporary black women’s writing, focusing on the novels and poetry of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dionne Brand, Edwidge Danticat and Taiye Selasi. She is published in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal and Wasafari. She co-directed the intersectional feminist research group, Women’s Paths, and was President of the Black Feminist Society 2018, creating a safe space for women of colour in academia.

Christiane Luck (University College London)+

‘Can literature convince where theory has failed?’ is the central question of my research project. I explore the potential of literary texts to further the feminist linguistic project by comparatively evaluating English and German fiction thematising gendered language. Subsequent focus groups aim to put my hypothesis to the test.

Eadaoin Lynch (University of St Andrews)

I am a researcher primarily interested in literature of the 1930s and 1940s, centring on the poetry of the Second World War. On completion of my MLitt I hope to commence a PhD on this topic and remain on in academia to further pursue this research.

Ruth McDonald (Royal Holloway, University of London)

She works primarily in the field of Classical reception studies, examining the ways in which later cultures receive and interact with the ancient world.  She is currently researching the reception of Classics in contemporary British women’s literature, interrogating the intersection between feminist thought and current literary engagements with the ancient world.  She is particularly interested in those receptions which analyse the issues surrounding embodied subjectivities, with particular reference to concerns of sexual difference.

Olga Michael (PhD Reseacher)

My PhD examines intertextuality in contemporary American women’s graphic memoirs and it focuses on Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry and Alison Bechdel’s works. I am interested in how the contemporary texts perform different examples of childhood insidious trauma within the family domain and how the use of intertextual references functions reparatively to heal each autobiographical subject’s traumas/injuries. In addition, I examine how each artist’s use of intertextuality in the form of pastiche performs feminist statements that undo the pregiven male formation of the woman and the girl in Westernculture.

Sandra Mills (University of Hull)

My PhD research considers literary (and where pertinent filmic) representations of puppets, dolls and created beings and draws on aesthetic, gender, intertextual and uncanny theories. It traces the evolution of the Pinocchio, Punch and Judy figures, from their earliest incarnations to later revisions, adaptations and sequels. I explore the ways in which contemporary portrayals of puppets engage with sexuality, monstrosity, and humanity. Concepts of artificiality, subjectivity, life and death are key in determining the puppet’s place as human double or the ‘Other’.

Twitter @SandraMills89

Peta Murray (RMIT University, Australia)

I am a playwright and community artist conducting interdisciplinary research into the poetics of sustaining an arts practice in advancing age. My practice-based Phd sets out to demonstrate an innovative approach to the memoir, whereby public acts, personal archives, and private interactions may become a ‘theatre of endurance” in and of themselves.

Krystina Osborne (Liverpool John Moores University)

Krystina is a funded PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University’s Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Prior to this, she studied at LJMU for a BA in English, graduating with a First Class Honours degree, and for an MRes in Literature and Cultural History, achieving a Pass with Distinction. Krystina’s MRes thesis was entitled ‘“In the Service of Women”? Developments in Feminism and Female-Authored Erotic Fiction Since the Publication of Angela Carter’s The Sadeian Woman’ and focused on authors including Charlotte Roche and Sarah Hall. Her research interests in contemporary women’s erotic writing and theories of gender and sexuality are reflected in her recent progression to PhD level to conduct research into engagements with female masturbation in contemporary women’s writing and in wider culture.

You can follow Krystina’s work on Twitter @KrystinaOsborne

Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University)

Joanne is a PhD student at Bath Spa University where her research centers on men and food in the Victorian novel. However, outside of her thesis she also works on neo-Victorian fiction and is currently exploring the uses of food in Sarah Water’s Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.  Joanne is on the executive committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association and co-organises the Damaging the Body events.

You can follow Joanne’s work at and on Twitter @joparsons

Veronika Schuchter (University of Innsbruck)

Veronika studied German and English literature at the University of Innsbruck and University College London. She is currently a self-funded PhD student at the University of Innsbruck and her thesis investigates new developments and (non)movement in travel literature by contemporary women writers. Veronika is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. She is also the student representative of EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) and coordinates a doctoral college in neuroscience at Innsbruck Medical University.

You can follow her work on her or on twitter @VeronikaUK

Kathryn Smoraczewska (University of Leeds)

My doctoral research is on the fiction of A. S. Byatt, exploring the role of narrative in her imagined history of the British long twentieth century. I am interested particularly in the changing role of religious beliefs and narratives. More broadly I am interested in 20th and 21st century women’s writing, and have an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies.

 Fran Tomlin (University of Edinburgh)

My thesis examines the fiction of contemporary Scottish author A.L.Kennedy, focusing on issues pertaining to love, romance and gender in her work. My broader interests include contemporary Scottish Literature as a whole, gender issues and Gothic fiction.

Heidi Yeandle (Swansea University)

My Ph.D. discusses Angela Carter’s engagement with Western philosophy in her novels. My wider research interests include: Contemporary Women’s Writing, Feminist Theory and Practice, Dystopian Fiction, and Queer Theory. I teach undergraduate Gender Studies module at Swansea University, as well as a poetry module, and am a teaching assistant for the MA Angela Carter module.

To find out more about me see or follow me on Twitter @HeidiYeandle

Emma Young (University of Lincoln)

Emma is a funded PhD student in the School of Humanities at the University of Lincoln. 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 page