Aimee Merrydew

Title: PhD student and GTA (English)
Phone:
Email: a.j.merrydew@keele.ac.uk
Location: My office hour is Monday, 3-4pm (CBB0.019)
Role: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Contacting me: By email

I joined Keele in 2012 as an undergraduate in English and American Literatures and stayed on to complete a Masters in English Literature in 2016. My doctoral research explores how trans poets utilise spoken word as a form of self-representation and resistance to cultural hegemonic discourses on (trans)gender identity in the contemporary US.

My research is funded by a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. I am supervised by Professor Ian Bell and Dr Nick Bentley.

Twitter: @aimeemerrydew

Publications

Merrydew, A. (2017). 'Blossoming into the Desired Body: A Phenomenological Approach to Ely Shipley's Boy with Flowers', Under Construction @ Keele, 4(1), pp. 15-22

Conference Presentations

November 2018. '"Poking fun at gender conventions": Rearticulating Trans Identities and Experiences through Satire and Spoken Word Poetry', Comedy and Power Conference (Sheffield Hallam University)

September 2018. 'Trans Self-Representation in Contemporary Satiric Spoken Word Poetry'. Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series (Keele University)

August 2017. 'Trans(forming) Bodies: Poetry, Phenomenology, and Blossoming into the Desired Body in Ely Shipley's Boy with Flowers', Queer Subjects and the Contemporary United States Colloquium (University of East Anglia)

Funding and Awards

2017-2020. Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Keele University)

September 2018. Travel grant, 'Critically Queer' Conference (Bristol University)

2018. Conference organisation grant (£1,100), 'Breaking Walls in Humanities: Narratives of Critical Resistance in the Post-Brexit Research Environment'. Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Keele University)

2017-2018. Seminar organisation grant (£558). Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Keele University)

2015-2016. Keele Postgraduate Support Scheme Scholarship (£10,000). Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Keele University

2014-2015. Clare Coleman Memorial Prize

2013-2014. King Alfred Prize in Medieval English

 

Conference Papers

Aug 2017             Merrydew, A., 2017, ‘Trans(forming) Bodies: Poetry, Phenomenology, and Blossoming into the Desired Body in Ely Shipley’s Boy                            with Flowers’, Queer Subjects and the Contemporary United States Colloquium, University of East Anglia

Publications

Dec 2017              Merrydew, A., 2017, ‘Blossoming into the Desired Body: A Phenomenological Approach to Ely Shipley’s Boy with Flowers’, Under                            Construction @ Keele, 4(1), pp. 15-22.

I work within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and teach on the following modules:

AMS-10025: Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature (first-year core module). Lecturer, seminar designer, seminar leader

ENG-10030: Composition (first-year core module). Seminar leader.

I have also taught on ENG-10026: Reading Literature (first-year core module). Seminar designer and leader.

My office hour is Monday, 3-4pm (CBB0.019)

Academic Service:

March 2018 - present. Research Assistant for The Correspondence of Daniel Defoe funded by the AHRC

September 2017 - present. Event organiser and panel chair. Keele Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series (Keele University)

January - May 2018. Event organiser and panel chair. Humanities Postgraduate Research Symposium (Keele University)

April 2018. Peer reviewer for Under Construction @ Keele (Keele University)

January 2018. Outreach tutor. Higher Horizons+ (Keele University)

November 2017. Outreach tutor. Higher Horizons+ (Keele University)