We are pleased to invite UK, EU and international applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Writing women’s poverty: new literary and cultural perspectives from Teesside University’s Centre for Culture and Creativity.
This PhD will investigate representations of women’s poverty in the work of 19th, 20th and / or 21st century women writers, whether fiction, drama, poetry or life writing. As feminist scholars have demonstrated, class is conventionally equated with men’s waged work, rendering women’s labour (whether paid or unpaid) invisible. Women’s ability to independently sustain the necessities of life has historically been shaped by inequities of legislation, social policy and cultural practice, including in relation to marriage, property, education and employment. The subordination of women’s vital needs to those for whom they care is routinely normalised.
The project will seek to develop new critical and methodological frameworks for the conceptualisation and analysis of literary representations of women’s poverty, investigating the extent to which women writers have (or have not) acknowledged, explored or contested women’s experiences of poverty. In what ways are gender-specific manifestations of scarcity, lack or deprivation depicted in women’s writing? How is women’s experience of poverty shown to be shaped by other vectors of inequality, such as disability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexuality or citizenship status? In what different ways does poverty impact on women of varying generations, marital / family status or class, education and employment backgrounds? In what ways have women writers explored the relationship between some modes of (elective) poverty and the refusal or transgression of conventional gender roles and / or the expression of social, political, religious or environmental protest or dissent?
Original PhD proposals in response to any one of the above questions (and more) are invited.
The supervisor is Dr Rachel Carroll from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law.
You should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A master’s level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area.
International applicants should have a standard of English at IELTS 6.5 minimum and will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.
Application is online.
On the funded PhD full time application form when asked for funding information you must enter the project title in the name of the studentship section.
- Closing date for applications is 5.00pm, 1 February 2023.
- Shortlisting and online interviews are expected to be held mid-March 2023.
- Successful applicants will be expected to start May or October 2023.