Advanced search
Liz - PhD topic
Name: Liz
PhD discipline: English Literature
Area(s) of work: Heritage
Year of graduation: 2004
Date of Interview: 30/06/2008

Now Playing: Liz - PhD topic
Liz introduces her PhD topic.

Subscribe in podcast software
Subscribe in feed reader

Can you tell me a bit about your PhD topic?

Yes. It was in English literature but when friends look at it now or I tell them about it, they all say that I should say it was in cultural history. It's about writing on the working classes of London in the late nineteenth century and particularly a writer called Edwin Pew who no one's ever heard of so whenever I gave papers at conferences you have to spend half of your time explaining who it is but I expect a lot of people experience that. And he brings a very positive outlook to his writing about the working classes of London at a time when other writers were writing about them in very dark negative terms. It wasn't just literary because having done cultural studies on the social science side, I was encouraged to think of all texts as texts so it drew heavily on the sociology of the period and other cultural sort of commentary and things like that.

There are no chapters