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Elisabeth Collier

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
 Elisabeth Collier

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Biography

I am postgraduate student at the University of Essex. My PhD thesis title is Disability, Disfigurement, Disorder: The Uncanny Legacy of the Hottentot Venus in the novels of Toni Morrison, and it addresses the interdisciplinary iconography of black female sexuality in African American literature. My MA in Literature is also from Essex, graduating in 2011. My dissertation considered the nature of the settler psychosis in Australian Federation literature. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Reading, graduating with a first class BA in English in 2009. My research interests include Caribbean literature, postcolonial and colonial writing, eco-critism, black British writing, travel writing and African American literature. Teacher of English at King Edward VI Grammar School The Legacy of Sarje Baartman: Cultural Re-Memory and Re-Presentation of the Black Female Body. At Changing Realities. University of Essex, June 2016. Female forms: Cultural Disabalism and the Black Body on Display. At Dialogues of Power: Political (Re) presentations in the Arts. St. Andrews University, October 2016. Post modular and linear: a research and thinking-centred curriculum. Looking at the Pre-U in English and implications for methodology and curriculum organisation. Presenter at Teach Fest. King Edward VI Grammar School, July 2016

Qualifications

  • Qualified Teaching Status MA - first class

  • 2011

  • University of Essex BA - First class

  • University of Reading

  • 2009

Research and professional activities

Thesis

DISABILITY, DISFIGUREMENT, DISORDER: THE UNCANNY LEGACY OF THE VENUS HOTTENTOT IN THE NOVELS OF TONI MORRISON

Sarje Baartman came to Europe in 1808 as one of the thousands of people exhibited and transformed into medical spectacles during the course of the nineteenth century. This paper explores the historical roots and intersecting perspectives surrounding this charged icon and her transformation into the Hottentot Venus through contemporary art and literature. Forming a living, breathing embodiment of ultimate difference, establishing nationalistic boundaries through the dissection and reconstructi

Contact

ecacol@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus