Karen Wade

School: English, Drama and Film

Supervisor: Professor Gerardine Meaney

Research Title:

Gender and the Irish Blogging Community

Karen Wade holds a BA in English and Linguistics and an MA in Gender and Writing, from University College Dublin.  Her research interests include new media, digital literature, gender studies and autobiography.  Her PhD project is currently titled “Gender and the Irish Blogging Community”, and examines how community and identity are constructed and performed in an explicitly Irish-identified online literary community.  Areas of focus include the relevance of identity categories such as Irishness and gender to bloggers' self-figurations, the construction of legitimacy and prestige within blogging communities, and issues of authenticity, performativity and fictionalisation pertaining to life-writing in a digital context.