Helen is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at Trinity Hall and the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. After completing an MPhil thesis on modern elegiac poetry and parenthood at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, she spent a year in Wellington, New Zealand, before returning to begin doctoral research in October 2016. Her current work takes this focus on parenthood and ethics and applies it to the nineteenth-century, concentrating primarily on the transactions of maternal sacrifice that underpin the narrative structures of George Eliot’s fiction. Helen is particularly interested in literary representations of maternal bodies, especially in relation to notions of purpose and product. She has previously lectured and given papers on the poetry of Denise Riley and Frank O’Hara.
Alongside her research, Helen teaches Practical Criticism to undergraduates and co-convenes the Nineteenth Century Graduate Workshop. She works for the university’s Postgraduate Outreach programme, which aims to widen participation in higher education, and volunteers at the educational charity Hackney Pirates. Her writing has been published in Dazed and Confused, The Germ and The Inkling Magazine, and is forthcoming in the King’s Review. Since 2012, she has been on the editorial committee of The Inkling Magazine.
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