I completed my PhD in English in July 2020, having successfully defended my research on the persona, reception, and canon placement of the author Anita Brookner. In addition to being the first full-length study to assess Brookner’s place within contemporary literary culture, my thesis also drew on Genette’s theories of intertextuality to call for new sociological methods of interpreting literature that place a book’s main text alongside its various intertexts in order to best understand how and why books and authors can come to be read in certain ways by certain groups.
I have since taken on a postdoctoral position as Teaching and Research Fellow at Tallinn University in Estonia, which I will hold throughout 2020-2021. During this time I am working on a new project supported by a grant from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. This project, ‘No More Creative Act: a new novel of nationhood’, takes a comparative approach to the independence movements of Scotland and the Baltic countries through the medium of hybrid creative/critical fiction and expands on my prior work as a Masters student in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and in Literature, Culture, and Place at the University of Strathclyde.
In summer 2021 I will lead an Introduction to Theory and Criticism course with the international Tallinn Summer School.