PhD Student in English Literature and Culture (since September, 2012)
MA in Language and Culture in Europe (Linköping University, 2011)
My research interests include 20th and 21st century literature (particularly works that promote a sense of explicit/implicit historical consciousness of historical imagination), memory studies, cultural memory, identity politics, post-colonialism, gender studies, intertextuality, philosophy, literary theory, narrative and narratology.
My research project centers on the form and content of a choice of texts written about some 100 years after The Great Famine in Ireland (1845-1851), be it texts written during the 1950s and onward. I intend to focus my study on the uses of history in this selection to see what purposes have been sought after in their re-turning to, re-evaluating, and re-imagining history in relation to the present. My endeavor throughout will be emphasizing the howness of the relationship between past and present through memory performances (acts of recall and oblivion) in order to highlight the constructive nature of memory. Since discussions about memory are tightly related to identity, looking at the creation of narrative identities will be part of my current project as well. What lies also central to my research project is to creatively grapple with the notion of history; my attempt will be to approach history as a dynamic dialogue between past and present.