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Miss Carole Smith 

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Miss Carole Smith is Postgraduate research student within English at the University of Southampton.

I was an Army child with a highly erratic education.  I worked in various capacities before, in 2003, I retired from my job as Editor of Debates, House of Lords.  I went on to study for a BA in the history of art, followed by an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, where my tutor, Professor Aamer Hussein, a published novelist and short story writer, suggested I should follow this with a PhD.

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My thesis is in two parts: the fiction and the critical commentary.  Focusing on the stories of three women shaped by the expectations and attitudes of the times in which they live, the novel covers the periods 1921-1937, 1937-1972 and 1973 and participates in the discourse on women's changing historical circumstances and new class and gender identities.  It can therefore be read in the category of a novel of manners or a middlebrow novel.  My purpose has been to explore, through creating my own characters and story, the dramatic social, cultural and economic changes that have taken place in the middle part of the twentieth century for Western women, and my fiction responds to and is inflected by the style of narration pertaining at the time.  It engages, for instance, with the ‘reality' constructed by writers such as Virginia Woolf, Christa Wolf and Margaret Drabble within the genre of women's fiction: of women writing for each other, in a small-scale and intimate way, and integrating the story of an individual life with the circumstances of the time. 

Additional Experience

During my MA studies, I published short fiction in two postgraduate edited anthologies, Unwrapped and Losing the Plot. I also participated in the launches of these, attended by writers, publishers and agents. While working on my PhD I have published on the recasting in English of an Urdu short story by my supervisor, Aamer Hussein.

Publications

‘Short Scene from a Friendship', ‘A Friend from the Past', ‘Just Once in my Life' and ‘Memories' in Unwrapped (Southampton: Torque Press, 2008), pp. 119-32
 ‘Amber' in Losing the Plot (Southampton: Torque Press, 2009), pp. 237-55
 ‘Knotted Tongue: English version', Asymptote, October 2012

I have taught on the Creative Writing MA module, The Art and Craft of Fiction 1 (The Novel). 

Miss Carole Smith
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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