Jess H. Anderson


I joined the School of English as a PhD student in October 2018, where I work on the image of the corpse in late 20th and early 21st-century US memoir. My doctoral project is fully funded by the John Barnard Doctoral Scholarship.

I hold a Scottish MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Aberdeen, and an M.Phil in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. 

Research interests

My research interests include 20th and 21st century US literature, archive theory, abjection, genre studies, gender studies, popular culture, and whiteness in US literature.

My thesis will focus on the modality of the corpse within late 20th and early 21st century American memoir. By establishing the framework of the 'true crime memoir', my thesis will analyse the corpse as both the archive of, and mediation point for, traumatic memory and experience. In doing so, I will interrogate a hithero unexplored form of life writing which will consider the ephemerality of the space between the (abject) corpse and ('speaking') living body, and will further ask where the concepts of authenticity and truth-telling might reside within this space.


  • MA (Hons) English Literature, University of Aberdeen
  • M.Phil Popular Literature, Trinity College Dublin