Responses to the Culture and Politics of the United States of America in the Novels and Nonfiction of Anthony Burgess
To provide a critical account of the British author Anthony Burgess’s engagement with the culture and politics of the United States of America. Burgess travelled extensively in the USA for lecture tours, professorships, visiting author positions, book tours, and other artistic engagements. This enquiry involves original research into archived documents, audio recordings of lectures, unpublished letters and journalism. The dissertation will deploy this new material in a close analysis of six post-1960 novels and non-fiction books by Burgess.
Art Collectives in Israel
My research examines art collectives in relation to social and political changes in Israel, as well in relation to similar worldwide socially engaged art. It aims to contribute to the understanding of the socio-political potential of art. From a local perspective, my research aims to contribute to the development of a theoretical framework through which to read Israeli art from social and political perspectives, with emphasis on historical and current moments in which art, politics, and social change intersect.
Representations of the working class in the UK within art; 1976 – 2014.
Utilizing an overall historical materialist approach and drawing upon the conceptual frameworks and empirical research of a number of proponents of class analysis, my research will investigate how the working class in the UK have been represented within art since 1976.
Towards a New Realism: An Investigation of the Possibilities for a Socially Engaged Painting Practice
I am proposing to examine the methodologies and signifying structures of ‘classical’, ‘critical’, ‘social’ and ‘socialist’ realist painting to determine whether they can be synthesised or adapted to generate a socially informed and democratically readable contemporary painting practice.
Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Territories
My PhD thesis is concerned with examining the politics of visibility, expressly related to nonviolent Palestinian and international activist practices carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
'Gender Politics: The Paratext In the Late 19th Century Feminist Periodical (Britain, c. 1888-1899): A Transdisciplinary Holistic Approach’
This thesis offers an interpretation of the feminist periodicals Women's Penny Paper, Woman's Herald and Woman's Signal, using an original modified version of linguist Gérard Genette's theory of the paratext as a methodology. It examines to what extent the gendered conventions of late nineteenth century Britain influenced the editorial identities of these general feminist periodicals, and whether emerging hybrid paradigms of late nineteenth century New Womanhood in any way challenged conventional patriarchal ideals. The findings reveal that the periodicals studied projected a voice that was critical of the established gendered norms, which manifested through a plethora of carefully orchestrated editorial choices.
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