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.

Funding source

AHSS College, Investing in Excellence Award

Professor Neil Badmington

Professor (research leave)

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