Research title: Quenis awne hand’: the literary agency of Mary Queen of Scots in shaping her own public image, 1567-1587
The ‘Quenis awne hand’: the literary agency of Mary Queen of Scots in shaping her own public image, 1567-1587
My doctoral research evaluates the cultural image of Mary Queen of Scots as presented in her own writing: her self-portrayal in poetry and correspondence in the period 1567-1587. It also contrast this self-fashioning against the images of Mary portrayed by others in published propaganda both for and against her in Britain in the same period. My analysis recentres the narrative of Mary in her own words and reveals, for the first time, the extent to which her enduring public image is based on her own agency as an author, and how much was outwardly projected onto her.
- SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarship, 2021-present, £70000.
- Joanna Baillie Scholarship for Research in Scottish Literature, 2020, £5000.
- ‘Reception Revisited: Re-reading Mary Queen of Scots Casket Sonnets’ at 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures (IASSL), Charles University - Prague, 22-26 June 2022.
- 'This PhD Life: Conference as a Site of Community' at 15th Annual LEADS Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Glasgow, 29 March 2022.
- 'Why PGR Internships Are Worth Doing' at This PhD Life, University of Glasgow, 26 January 2022.
- 'Protestant Print Politics and Catholic Conversions in Mary Queen of Scot’s Casket Sonnets' at Theories, Ideologies and Experiences in the Early Modern World (Northern Early Modern Network), University of Newcastle, 20-21 January 2022.
GTA, Scottish Literature 2A (SCOTLIT2001)
PG Intern, Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, 2021-2022.
PGR Events Intern, UofG Researcher Development, 2021-2022.
Neil Munro Medal for Highest Achieving Single Honours Student in Scottish Literature (2020).
Douglas Gifford Prize for Excellence in Scottish Literature (2020).