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The Extinction of Pastoralism: The Rewilding of Nature Writing in the Context of Ecocriticism and Environmental Activism

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  • Full or part time
    Dr L Wade
    Dr A Hodgkinson
    Dr Antonella Castelvedere
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to conduct a creative research project to explore the relationship between nature writing and eco-discourses. This research project engages with new research in the environmental humanities through a focus on literature, nature, and the environment. It seeks to consider the ways in which contemporary writers represent, understand, and interact with the natural world, bringing about questions of ethical concern for writing.

The background to this project is the recent rise in Britain of nature writing which is seen to implicitly appeal to specific notions of national identity and encourage the commodification of nature within popular eco-discourses. It is envisaged that the project will focus on the development of literary pastoralism and engage creatively with its lineage, producing poetry and criticism which challenge the ways in which language is used to refer to nature in times of climate change.

The further specific scope of the research will be refined by the post-holder, but it is anticipated that the project could encompass engagement with specific historical archives within The Hold in order to trace timelines of conservation acts, as well as public records of rural heritage sites, and pinpoint the historical representation of pastoral discourse within the geographic scope of East Anglia in the context of wider debates and writings in ecology and environmental activism.

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This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years.

Entry Requirements: Masters in Creative Writing, Literature, Critical Theory

Funding Notes

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

UK/EU only

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