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Amber Jenkins BA (Cardiff), MA (Cardiff)

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

Email:
jenkinsar1@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
1.14, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Having studied for a BA and MA in English Literature at Cardiff University, I began my doctoral research in September 2014, and I am based in the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR). I am a PGR Tutor in English Literature and teach on the first year 'Literature I' module. Within the school I am a Postgraduate Representative, and also chair the Postgraduate Research Board. Since 2014, I have acted as Research Assistant for my supervisor Dr Becky Munford on her current research project Women in Trousers: A Cultural History. In 2015, I was appointed the role of Postgraduate Representative for the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC). I am also part of the Assuming Gender organisation board.

Research interests

Modernist literature, particularly the work of Virginia Woolf; editorial and archival research; Bloomsbury aesthetics; the history of book production.

Thesis

From Pen to Print: Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Art of Literary Composition (Working title)

While the role played by the Hogarth Press in the intellectual and aesthetic innovations of literary modernism has been widely documented, less attention has been paid to the relationship between the Hogarth Press and Virginia Woolf’s own literary productions. My doctoral thesis, therefore, intends to examine the Press’s influence on the aesthetic and material aspects of Woolf's compositional practices, from her autograph manuscript material through to the physical construction of her books. It will explore how her involvement in crafting her publications (writing, editing, hand-printing and binding) also enabled her to position her books as a material art form in an age of increasing literary commodification. By examining her compositional processes from pen to print, my thesis will shed light on the ways in which Woolf reflected and conversed with the aesthetic theories and practices of Bloomsbury artists.

Carrie Smith

Dr Carrie Smith

Senior Lecturer

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