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PhD Thesis: Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature

Oct 2013 - Apr 2019

I completed my PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.


My PhD thesis, titled 'Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature', looked at how literature represents embodied experiences of globalisation. Specifically, it considered how bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence could be valuable for helping us understand how resistance is enacted through bodies, especially by people who are marginalised under globalisation. I analysed contemporary literature from different cultural sites (the Caribbean, South Korea, Nigeria, Japan, U.S., U.K., and India) that provided accounts of such experiences. My literary research ultimately elaborated on the idea of resistance, as it related to the role of the body under globalisation. My research also links to world literature, literary aesthetics, and dance & performance studies.

My thesis was supervised by Dr Rashmi Varma and Prof Thomas Docherty.

Research Interests

Creative Writing & Critical Practice | Body/Kinesthetic Movement & Performance Studies | Contemporary & World Literature | Embodied Experiences of Globalisation | Postcolonial Literature & Resistance | Literary Representation & Aesthetics