Faculty of Arts - English, Drama and Writing Studies
BA(Hons), MA (Otago)
Victorian popular literature, gender and sexuality in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, consumer and commodity theory.
Thesis: “’A Thing of Beauty’: Women as Aestheticised Commodities in Popular Victorian Fiction”
My doctoral research will attempt to extend and develop the study of the commodification of women in the Victorian period, through focusing on the aesthetics surrounding Victorian courtship and marriage relations as represented in Rhoda Broughton’s Cometh Up as a Flower (1867), George Meredith’s The Egoist (1879), Ouida’s Moths (1880), Marie Corelli’s Wormwood: a Drama of Paris (1890) and George Du Maurier’s Trilby (1894). Specifically my thesis charts the Aesthetic Movement from its beginnings in Pre-Raphaelitism through to its ‘final flowering’ in the Decadent Movement so as to show how popular fiction reflects on and mediates the concerns of Aestheticism over the last third of the nineteenth century.
Supervisors: Associate Professor Joanne Wilkes and Dr Rose Lovell-Smith
Review of Embodied: Victorian Literature and The Senses. By William A. Cohen. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 14.2 (2009): 68-69.
Review of The Resurrection of Oscar Wilde: A Cultural Afterlife. By Julia Wood. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 15.1 (2010): 54-55.
Postgraduate Representative for AVSA, 2009-2011
Universitas 21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship, 2011
‘“What is there in nature or art so appealing to the senses as a beautiful arm?” – Aesthetic Commodification in Rhoda Broughton’s Cometh Up as a Flower,’ The Victorian Sensorium (The Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference), University of Otago, 3 February 2009.
‘“A lovely woman whom he had bought” – Re-Orientating the Victorian Marriage Market in Ouida’s Moths,’ Re-Orientating Victorian Studies (The Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 25-27 June 2010.
‘“A lovely woman whom he had bought” – the Female Aesthetic Commodity in Ouida’s Moths.’ Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle International Conference, University of London, 28-29 June 2010.