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Ms Abigail Mitchell 

Postgraduate research student

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Abigail Mitchell is a postgraduate research student in English at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton.

I am a postgraduate researcher in English and Creative Writing. My project aims to analyse narratives of the British witch trials through the lens of queer theory – specifically concepts of silence and heteronormativity – and to unsilence accused women through creative practice. My supervisors are Carole Burns and Kevin Brazil.

I graduated from the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse, in 2013 and now hold an MA Hons. (Cantab) in History. My dissertation studied portrayals of Pocahontas in six plays in the early 19th century. This work compared the plays’ representation of her as a Romantic heroine to the treatment of other native women under Indian Removal.

In 2015, I joined the MPW program at the University of Southern California. Now defunct, this was a multidisciplinary creative writing program with a critical element. My thesis consisted of two episodes of television screenplay and a “show bible”, plus a critical essay. For my critical thesis, I wrote about the intersection of historical and modern gender roles in Michael Hirst’s “Vikings”. After graduating in 2015, I took five years out from academia to work in the publishing industry in London, writing and editing illustrated reference titles for Dorling Kindersley.

As a creative writer, I have had poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories published – both online and in print. One of my personal essays was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I was also the grand prize winner of the Canada International Film Festival’s screenplay competition in 2015. I am particularly interested in prose poems, hybrid narratives, fragmented narratives, queer stories, and fiction/nonfiction informed by a mixture of history, folklore, and fantasy elements.

I began my PhD career at Southampton in Autumn 2020. To find out more about my current research and my creative writing, you can follow me on Twitter: @_abbimitchell

Ms Abigail Mitchell
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