We are delighted to announce that Jessica Norledge, PhD student in literary linguistics at the University of Sheffield, successfully passed her viva on Friday. Congratulations, Jess!
Jess’ thesis is entitled Reading the Dystopian Short Story and her doctoral work was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Jess takes a cognitive-poetic approach to the exploration of readers’ experiences of four different short stories in her work: ‘The Semplica Girl Diaries’ by George Saunders; ‘Pump Six’ by Paolo Bacigalupi; ‘Is This Your Day To Join The Revolution?’ by Genevieve Valentine; and ‘Dead Fish’ by Adam Marek. She mixes traditional stylistic analysis with cognitive theories and empirical reader-response methods to understand more about how the style of dystopian texts affects readers.
Jess has presented her research at numerous international conferences over the last few years and she already has a chapter based on her PhD work forthcoming in book on Experiencing Fictional Worlds, edited by Elizabeth Stewart-Shaw and Benedict Neurohr and due for publication with John Benjamins later this year. Jess is currently teaching on a variety of undergraduate modules in stylistics and linguistics at the University of Sheffield and we’re sure all her students will join us in congratulating her and wishing her all the best for the future.
To find out more about Jess and her work, please see her webpage here.