Student profile
Louise Squire

Louise Squire

"Having the chance to contribute to a developing area of scholarship is very exciting."


English Literature

"A PhD is a rigorous endeavour; it’s important to stay on track. I have a great space to work and I have regular monthly supervision sessions with my PhD supervisor, who is one of the few people whose criticism I value as much as her encouragement.

My PhD examines a strand of contemporary environmental crisis fiction and is based in the field of environmental literary criticism. This is a relatively young research area within the UK, and I find having the chance to contribute to a developing area of scholarship very exciting.

I’m interested in how fictions of the present engage with the challenges of today’s world. A number of today’s established writers are turning to ‘environmental crisis’ novels.

I’m hoping to go on and secure a position in an academic department, and I’ve been making some steps towards that goal as I work through the PhD. As well as doing some teaching I’ve had an article published on a chapter of my PhD and have presented at several conferences.

I’ve also organised a symposium and am about to start editing a collection of papers to be published out of it. Getting involved creates opportunities to network, and networking in turn creates more opportunities."


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