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Louise is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Glasgow where she completed both her undergraduate degree in English Literature and her MLitt in Victorian Literature. Her PhD project aims to challenge the perception of illiteracy in the Victorian novel as a homogenous experience and will consider the representation and significance of characters who are marked as illiterate for a multitude of reasons, such as disability, learning difficulty, lack of access to education, or rejection of education. It will examine the wider significance of illiterate representation in relation to the formal anxieties of the novel, contemporary educational reform and practice, class tensions, and the understanding of disability.
In addition to her thesis research, Louise has presented conference papers on disability in Gaskell’s realism, speech impediments and theorising liminal disabilities, and the diagnosis of dyslexia in the nineteenth-century. She has published an article on contemporary children’s literature, cancer, and metaphor.
Research and Teaching Interests
I am interested in disability studies, in particular, in the literary representation of liminal or invisible conditions that require us to question at which point does a condition become a disability.
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