Provisional Thesis Title: 'Love me or kill me': Desire and Trauma in the Theatre of Sarah Kane
My thesis explores the apparent representational code between desire and trauma: that these two concepts are twinned, and are the two mechanisms through which subjectivity is staged. By examining the queer inclinations of the work of British playwright Sarah Kane (1971-1999), I will investigate how her plays attempt to shatter familiarity, normativity, boundaries and binaries; I seek to argue that they bring the artistic linchpins of desire and trauma under intense scrutiny, and interrogate our individual and cultural processes of 'loving', 'remembering', and 'recovering'.
Midlands3Cities/AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (Nottingham Trent University)
MRes in English Literary Research: Distinction (Nottingham Trent University)
BA (Hons) in English with Creative Writing: First Class Honours (Nottingham Trent University)
Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
Participated in various conferences and taught lectures throughout my Masters year at NTU.
Co-organised Queer Reading, a monthly LGBT+ public reading group, in Nottingham from August 2015 until 2016.
From June to September of 2015, I was granted a position as a research assistant for Dr. Humaira Saeed on her research project, 'Postcolonial Sexualities', enabled through the SPUR (Scholarship Projects for Undergraduate Researchers) project at NTU.