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Miss Louise T Benson James

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Louise Benson James

Miss Louise T Benson James

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

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Research interests

My doctoral research looks at the intersections between medical hysteria and the Gothic in fiction by women, 1850-1930. My thesis takes the form of case studies on female authors over this period; Charlotte Brontë, Rhoda Broughton, Lucas Malet, Djuna Barnes, and a final addendum chapter looking at a contemporary depiction of hysteria and the Gothic in the fiction of Helen Oyeyemi. Other interests include post-colonial and global theory, Female Gothic, Empire Gothic, and animal studies. 

Undergraduate thesis: Travel and Empire: Desire and Anxiety in Victorian Travel Narratives.
Masters thesis: Jane Eyre's Offspring: the Backwards Birth of Wide Sargasso Sea.

Roles at the University of Bristol

  • Organising and running an editing training day for Arts and Humanities doctoral students across the four GW4 universities in June 2017, following a successful funding bid awarded by GW4 Doctoral Student Training Scheme.

  • Facilitator for postgraduate Writing Retreats for the School of Engineering, plus ad-hoc retreats for the Bristol Doctoral College and School of Policy Studies.

  • Hourly Paid Teacher for the University of Bristol Arts Faculty, School of English. Taught on the first-year undergraduate module Critical Issues.

  • Intern for the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, November 2015 – November 2016

Other activities

  • Co-editor of the Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities

  • International Gothic Association Postgrad Rep, 2016-2018

  • Convener of the Literary and Visual Landscapes seminar series and symposium, 2017-2018

  • Co-chair of the University of Bristol Gothic Reading Group

  • Running workshops on the Gothic and Jekyll & Hyde for year eight and year eleven students at Fairfield Secondary School, Bristol. 

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