Mary Dawson


I joined the University of Leeds School of English in October 2018 to complete my MA after a successful career in the UK charity sector, returning in October 2020 as a postgraduate researcher. My PhD project explores mid-century British fiction through theories of posthumanism and the work of Gilles Deleuze. I am supervised by Dr Amelia DeFalco and Dr Tracy Hargreaves in the School of English. My PhD is funded by the AHRC WRoCAH consortium.

I hold a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in International Development from London, South Bank University. 

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • posthumanism and literature 
  • twentieth century fiction
  • gender studies

My doctoral research explores an emerging posthuman materialism in mid-century twentieth century fiction, particularly in the writing of Barbara Comyns, Muriel Spark, Angela Carter and Barbara Pym. I use Gilles Deleuze's theory of matter as a relational event to interrogate representations of gender and consider how female bodies are figured as spaces of interconnection, generating a relational becoming which brings ideas of the human and posthuman into critical conversation.


  • MA English Literature (University of Leeds)
  • MSc International Development (London, South Bank University)
  • BA English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool)