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Miss Anoushka Alexander-Rose BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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Anoushka Alexander-Rose is a Postgraduate Researcher in English at the University of Southampton with the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

I completed by BA in English with Proficiency in Russian at the University of Exeter, and my MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. I am now undertaking my PhD in English with the Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Research interests

My research focuses on the motif of Jewishness in the Life and Work of Russian/American author, Vladimir Nabokov. I aim to examine how historical and social contexts inform Nabokov’s depiction of Jewishness in his works. I look at antisemitism in pre-Revolutionary Russia, the Russian émigré community in interwar Berlin and Paris, the Holocaust, and post-War America. I will expand on my MA thesis, “The Wandering Jew in Vladimir Nabokov”, which considered the history of the Legend of the Wandering Jew alongside my translation of Nabokov’s poem “Agasfer”, mapping connections with his later works. My research framework analyses the theoretical terms antisemitism and philosemitism, attempting to form a new term to describe Nabokov’s transparent and compassionate treatment of Jewish people and causes.

My thesis is entitled ‘Vladimir Nabokov: Jewishness in Life and Work’ and is supervised by Dr Devorah Baum (English), Dr Claire Le Foll (History) and Dr George Gilbert (History).

I am a recipient of the Karten Outreach Fellowship as part of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. This involves organising outreach and educational events for sixth form students and adults through Lifelong Learning. I am involved with the organisation of Southampton’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event.

Miss Anoushka Alexander-Rose
Student Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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