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 Josie Cray

Josie Cray

Research student, School of English, Communication and Philosophy

After finishing secondary school in Melbourne, Australia, I returned to Wales to pursue higher education. I completed my BA in English Literature and English Language (2012-2015) and my MA in English Litertature (2015-2016) at Cardiff University. I began my PhD at Cardiff University in 2017 and currently study part-time.

Research interests

My main research focus is Anaïs Nin, her work (specifically her diaries), and the editing of life writing.

Addtional Interests include:

  • Twentieth century women's writing
  • Gender studies
  • Feminist studies
  • Experimentalism
  • Modernism and Surrealism

Thesis

The Edited Self: Versions of Anaïs Nin in her Diaries

My thesis is focused on the on the complex relationship between text, editing practice and subjectivity in the manuscripts, expurgated, and unexpurgated versions of Anaïs Nin's diaries. My research will place Nin’s work in a range of aesthetic, cultural and geographical contexts in order to explore how the ‘versions’ of Nin evident in her diaries subvert and unsettle dominant notions of subjectivity.

Areas of expertise