Megen de Bruin-Molé

Research student, English Literature, School of English, Communication and Philosophy


I am a second-year PhD researcher with Cardiff University (formerly the University of Amsterdam), studying the way contemporary popular culture uses and abuses the Gothic narratives of the nineteenth century. I am also a Postgraduate Tutor on the modules English Literature I (Novel and Poetry / Reading and Identity) and English Literature II (Texts in Time / Literature, Culture, Place).    Before moving to Cardiff, I was the central editor and social media manager for the Rotterdam-based literary organisation Poetry International, and when I am not teaching or conducting research, I work as a freelance editor, copywriter, and translator (NL-EN).     You can read more about my work and research (past and present) at

Research interests

Postmodernism, posthumanism, neo-Victorian fiction, Victorian material culture, (post-)apocalyptic fiction,


Neo-Historical Monsters: The Use and Abuse of the Past in Twenty-First-Century Remix Culture

My thesis project focuses on remix culture and the nature of contemporary art, looking specifically at the ethics and aesthetics of the neo-historical monster mashup. It uses the theme of monsters and the monstrous to explore how and why the twenty-first century persistently appropriates nineteenth-century fictions and figures. To this end it attempts to answer the questions of why the neo-historical monster mashup is currently so prevalent, and how it can contribute to related discourses currently being problematised in the humanities.