Research Profile

Dr Sonya

Reader in English Studies

Faculty of Education and Humanities

  • Role: 

    • ​Reader in English

    Other positions: 

    • course Leader, MA English (Contemporary Literature) 
    • leader of the SoTA Working Group for interdisciplinary research in trauma, narrative and performance
    • member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network 
    • Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing.
  • Sonya is currently module leader for the following modules: 

    • Modernism in Britain (Level 5)
    • Contemporary Women’s Writing (Level 6)
    • Gender & Writing (Level 7)
    • Trauma Fiction (Level 7)
  • Sonya’s research interests are in contemporary women’s writing, especially Anglo-American literature, modern British fiction, feminist theory and pedagogy; and trauma narratives. She would be happy to supervise students working in any of these areas.

    Current Research Proj​ects

    Sonya is currently working on a study of narratives of maternal loss, looking at the representation of grief in contemporary women’s fiction.

    She recently made a successful application to the Marie Curie Foundation for an Inter-European Fellowship grant worth 190,000 euros. She is also part of a joint HEA bid on the use of academic Apps in Teaching and Learning.

    Areas for supervision of r​​esearch students

    Sonya has supervised 7 doctoral students to completion and would welcome applications for postgraduate research on topics relating to contemporary women’s writing, modern British fiction, feminist theory, and trauma studies.

    Current Superv​isions:

    • ‘Representations of women in contemporary Egyptian literature’ (Second supervisor)
    • ‘The relationship between text and image in contemporary illustrated fiction’ (Director of Studies and First Supervisor)
    • ‘Modes of gendered address in the online space’  (Director of Studies and First Supervisor)