2020 applicants

Jessica Houlihan

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
 Jessica Houlihan



  • BA English Literature, MA Literature University of Essex (2015)

Research and professional activities


From Mammy to Matriarch: The Literary Mythification of Black Motherhood

For women in general, and Black women in particular, the construction of motherhood as an institution has frequently found itself at odds with the practical demands of mothering and the realities of the maternal experience. Representations of mothers in US popular culture have often been overwrought with sentimentalism and impossible standards, positing that motherhood and selfhood exist as mutually exclusive philosophies. These paradigms have been historically problematic for Black women who, c

Supervisor: Dr Owen Robinson

Research interests

My research interests include, but are not limited to:

- American- American Literature - Race and Gender Theory - American History - US Southern Culture - Place and Identity




Colchester Campus