Georgia Walton

Georgia Walton

Profile

I joined the School of English as a research student in 2017. Prior to this I completed my MLitt at the University of Glasgow and my BA at the University of Leeds with an Erasmus year at The Freie Universität in Berlin.

My doctoral research is fully funded by the AHRC through the WRoCAH consortium.

I have taught undergraduate seminars on poetry and on American literature in the School of English.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis examines the multiple legacies of nineteenth-century New England transcendentalism in contemporary US fiction, memoir and poetry.  It includes chapters on authors, Ben Lerner, Maggie Nelson, Marilynne Robinson and George Saunders. I argue that each of these writers engages with different generic categories or formal features of transcendentalist literature – realism, life-writing, metaphor and sentimentalism – in order to establish a sense of idealism and sincerity in contemporary literary culture.

Impact Work

In April 2018 I devised and ran a workshop on memoir writing that was based on my research on Maggie Nelson’s autotheory. This workshop was part of programme of events organised to complement the exhibition, The House That Heals the Soul, at The Tetley art gallery in Leeds.

In November 2019 I undertook my Researcher Emplyability Project (REP) at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) where I researched the relationship between eco-feminsim and non-reproductive futurism. For the project I selected fictional, poetic and critical texts from the GWL collection and created a resource to help both library staff and users to navigate a series of critical questions around the keywords: motherhood, enivronment and futurity. I wrote about this project in a  post for the GWL blog which you can read here https://womenslibrary.org.uk/2020/04/30/motherhood-environment-futurity-in-the-gwl-library-collection/.

Other Activities

  • Associate Editor for parallax Journal (from Aug 2020)
  • Postgraduate rep for the School of English (2018-19)
  • LEAP mentor to undergraduate students on the English Literature degree programme (2018-19)

Publications

  • ‘George Eliot’s Enchanted Real,’ The George Eliot Review, 50 (forthcoming 2021).
  • ‘If you liked this: Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping,’ English Review Magazine, 32:1 (forthcoming September 2021).
  • ‘Emersonian Language in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu,’ WRoCAH Journal, 4 (2018) 15-25.

Reviews

  • ‘A Year in Conferences 2020,’ ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance (forthcoming 2021).
  • ‘Review: A Liberal Education in Late Emerson: Readings in the Rhetoric of the Mind by Sean Ross Meehan,’ Journal of American Studies (forthcoming 2021).
  • ‘Review: The Quiet Contemporary American Novel by Rachel Sykes,’ US Studies Online (2018).
  • with Adrienne Mortimer and Mike Kalisch, ‘Review of BrANCA 3rd Biennial Symposium: The “Not Yet” of the Nineteenth-Century U.S, University of Exeter, Nov 2017,’ US Studies Online (2018).

Qualifications

  • MLitt Victorian Literature, University of Glasgow, 2017
  • BA (hons) English Language and Literature, University of Leeds, 2014