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Ethan Evans

Research student,


I commenced his PhD studies in October 2019 and am currently studying part-time. Prior to this, I obtained a First Class degree in English Literature from Bath Spa University (2015-2018) and a Masters with Distinction from Cardiff University (2018-2019). Under the supervision of Professor Martin Willis, my MA dissertation investigated George Eliot's engagement with queer masculinity in in the period c. 1854-1861. My PhD thesis, which is supervised by Professor Holly Furneaux, is a development of this earlier project.

In Summer 2020, I co-organised the ENCAPsulate PGR conference. Along with Beth Pyner, I also co-chair the Intersec+ions research network.


Research interests

I am interested in the life and work of George Eliot and George Henry Lewes; the history of sexuality; queer theory; trans studies; and archives and manuscripts.


A Queer and Trans Studies Approach to the Writings of George Eliot and George Henry Lewes

My PhD thesis is the first sustained queer and trans studies approach to the writings of the nineteenth-century couple, George Eliot and George Henry Lewes.

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