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Lara Atkin

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Biography

In March 2017 I joined the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof. Porscha Fermanis on the ERC funded project 'Realigning British Romanticism: White Settler and Indigenous Writing in the British-Controlled Southern Hemisphere, 1783-1870.' Between 2011 and 2016 I did my PhD at Queen Mary, University of London where my supervisors were Dr. Nadia Valman and Dr. Rachael Gilmour. I also worked as a Teaching Associate in the English and History departments of Queen Mary between 2012 and 2017.

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Research

Research Interests

 I completed my PhD in January 2017 in the English Department at Queen Mary, University of London. Entitled '"The Truest Native of South Africa": The 'Bushman' in Early Nineteenth Century British Culture', the thesis examined the transnational circulation of representations of southern African 'Bushmen' between the Cape Colony and Britain during the nineteenth century. By examining the circulation of a range of different materials - from newspaper poetry to children's literature - the project examines how discourses of representation migrate between different textual media, helping to shape ideas of national and racial identity both in the Cape Colony and Britain. I am currently in the process of turning this project into a monograph.

I am also working as a Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Porscha Fermanis on the ERC-funded project 'Realigning British Romanticism: White Settler and Indigenous Writing in the British-Controlled Southern Hemisphere, 1783-1870.' SouthHem is a five-year research project designed to rethink and realign the nature and scope of British Romanticism by giving settler and indigenous literatures produced in the British-Controlled Southern Hemisphere a more central role in defining literary culture of the period 1783-1870. I am currently working on the print culture of British colonial South Africa.

I have published on displayed peoples and Brett Bailey's 'Exhibit B.' I also have publications on Thomas Pringle and H.G. Wells which are forthcoming.