Shelby Judge

Research title

Exploring contemporary women writers’ reclamation of myth for feminist purpose, specifically within the Canongate Myth Series.

Research summary

My PhD topic is ‘Exploring contemporary women writers’ adaptation of myth for feminist purpose, specifically within the Canongate Myth Series.’ I am focussing on the female contributors to the Canongate Myth Series (Karen Armstrong’s A Short History of Myth, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Jeanette Winterson’s Weight, Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy, Salley Vickers’ Where Three Roads Meet, A.S. Byatt’s Ragnarok, and Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle), while also drawing upon other contemporary adaptations of mythology by female authors. I am researching whether the Canongate Myth Series be analysed through a feminist lens and what impact contemporary adaptations of myth can have upon the feminist movement.

My overarching research interests are in feminist theory and contemporary English and American women’s fiction.


Conferences

  • 'In the Margins of Myth and Feminism: The Women Writers of the Canongate Myth Series', British Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, 3rd December 2018.

Additional information

Affiliations

  • Affiliated with Cultivate, the feminist journal of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York.