Postgraduate students research a broad range of topics across the School disciplines.
Narrating Movement in Contemporary Visual and Literary Texts: Mobility, Body, Representation
My thesis examines how contemporary visual and literary narratives represent bodily motion. The current research on human mobility is primarily situated within the social sciences, focusing on the ways in which the diverse movements of people, technologies, objects, and information shape the various processes of contemporary social life. There is, by comparison, a paucity of scholarship addressing the theme of human movement through the lens of literary and cultural studies. Using a repertoire of films, novels, and graphic novels, I consider the crucial role that textual representation can play in the study of mobility. How movement informs narrative form, content, and genre, as well as what discourses these narratives construct about the body and movement comprise the focal points of my enquiry.
The value and importance of my research lies in moving away from the presumption of bodily movement as a self-evident and ‘natural’ phenomenon. By stripping away the obviousness that is often ascribed to movement, I suggest how one may re-think movement as a process that entails both a corporeal and narrative resonance.