Hannah Scragg

Title: PhD Student in the School of Humanities (English)
Email: h.l.scragg@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB1.063
Contacting me: Office Hours: Thursday 12.00-14.00
Hannah Scragg

I studied Biology and English at undergraduate level at Keele and stayed on to complete an MA in English Literature; I hope to finish my doctorate on Arnold Bennett, Material Culture and Personal Identity in the Provincial Novel (1840-1920) in 2017.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to my studies, I am a listening volunteer for the ‘Samaritans’ and a volunteer shared-reading facilitator for ‘StokeReads’ at New Park House, Stoke-on-Trent.

Arnold Bennett has been perceptibly neglected in recent scholarship and his critics (the majority of whom were writing in the late 1950s, 60s and 70s) have had a tendency to adopt an overly formalist approach when considering his fiction – most usually, in relation to Realist and Modernist literary movements. 

My dissertation approaches Bennett on his own terms – as a writer for whom material culture counts for more than formalist aesthetics – and argues that the recent innovations in criticism, such as Thing Theory and theories of ‘object cultures’, which have reanimated debates about the everyday and material culture, offers a new opportunity to reread Bennett’s fiction as a critical account of the commodity culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

By implementing a historicist and cultural materialist methodology, my dissertation will produce new readings of the provincial fiction of Bennett and his contemporaries by drawing on wider cultural texts, ranging from published journalism to unpublished private writings.

I am currently co-supervised by Dr Nick Seager and Professor David Amigoni.

I work within the Humanities Department as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and facilitate seminars in the following modules:

Romanticisms – ENG-20033 (September 2014-January 2015);

Victorian Performances – ENG-20034 (January 2015-April 2015)