Thesis title: The Failure of British Modernist Virginities, c.1910-1939
Supervisor: Rebecca Beasley
Research interests: early twentieth-century literature and culture; queerness; the history of (a)sexuality; modernist temporalities
Doctoral Research: My DPhil research examines depictions of male and female virginities in early twentieth-century British literature, exploring how virginity is deployed as a label and/or metaphor in a range of texts. In particular, I suggest that virginity offers a new way of thinking about modern(ist) writing on sentimentality, coming of age, and Englishness. Writers under consideration in this project include - but are not limited to - Mina Loy, Wyndham Lewis and May Sinclair.