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Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature


PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies

University of Warwick


Oct 2013 - Oct 2018


Supervised by Dr Rashmi Varma and Prof Thomas Docherty

Jenny's PhD thesis 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. She 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. Her literary research ultimately elaborated on the idea of resistance, as it related to the role of the body under globalisation. Her research also links to world literature, literary aesthetics, and dance and performance studies.

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

Conference Papers

Arts Faculty Postgraduate Seminar Series

University of Warwick

29 October 2014

The Kin-Erotic Tongue in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy

Shame and the Act of Writing Symposium

University of Warwick

19 September 2014

Shame, Body and Author-ity in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy

Global Studies Association Annual Conference 2014: Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity

York St John University, UK

26 - 28 June 2014

The Kin-Erotic Tongue in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy


Ninth Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Dept of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

23 - 24 May 2013

The Transmogrifying Re-presentation of Postcolonial Resistance Identity in Shame, Texaco, and 'Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha'

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