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Ethan Evans

Research student,


I commenced my PhD studies in October 2019. 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 the early period of her career (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. I am also co-chair of the Assuming Gender Network in 2020/2021.

Outside of academia, I work part-time in Love Cardiff.


Research interests

I am interested in the history of sexuality, the history of gender-queerness, and the writings of George Eliot (1819-1880).

My additional research interests include:

  • Adaptations of George Eliot's writing

  • George Sand

  • Amy Dillwyn

  • Nineteenth-century juvenilia.


Queer George Eliot

My PhD thesis examines George Eliot's engagement with same-sex desire and trans experience.

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