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Pauline McGonagle

Pauline McGonagle

I started a part-time PhD in October 2015 on a Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the AHRC. This is co-supervised by Dr Florian Stadtler, Lecturer in Global Literatures at the University of Exeter and Rachel Foss, Head of Contemporary Manuscripts at the British Library.

The project involves cataloguing a collection of personal papers, correspondence, prose manuscripts and notebooks of the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013) who bequeathed eleven boxes of material to the British Library which they received in 2014.

My thesis title currently stands as: 'Disinheritance': constructions of identity in the prose works and archive of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

I completed an MA in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent funded by the Sasha Roberts Scholarship and the School of English. My dissertation topic was the humour in the writing of  Mumbai author Kiran Nagarkar. My Humanities with English degree was completed at the Open University UK.

I currently work part time as a freelance proofreader and editor.

This is a recently published blog about the early stages of my research:

https://thestillpointjournal.com/2017/02/22/researchers-notebook-my-first-encounter-with-ruth-prawer-jhabvala/

The following is a blog published by the British Library about our recent work in the archive:

http://blogs.bl.uk/collectioncare/2017/11/unpicking-the-parcel-what-we-did-on-friday-13-october-in-the-british-library-centre-for-conservation.html

 

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