Shauna Walker


In 2018 I graduated from the University of Manchester with a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and in 2019 I completed my Masters with a Distinction in Modern and Contemporary Literature.

I joined the University of Leeds in 2020 as a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of English. My doctoral research is fully funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities consortium. 

Research interests

  • early twentieth-century literature
  • medical humanities 
  • nationhood and empire
  • environmental humanities
  • embodiment

My research project explores the intersections between national identity and environmental health in British interwar literature (1919–1939). 


  • Anthony Burgess Prize from the University of Manchester (2018)
  • Highly Commended by the Global Undergraduate Awards (2018)
  • The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme (2018–2019)
  • AHRC Doctoral Studentship from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities consortium


  • ‘Gothic Modernisms: Modernity and the Postcolonial Gothic in Tayeb Salih’s ‘Season of Migration to the North’’, Gothic Studies, 22 (2020), 285–299.

Conference Papers

  • ‘‘Something More than his Arm Had Been Left Behind in France’: Disability and the English Countryside in Winifred Holtby’s South Riding’, at The Centre for Disability Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Leeds, (July 2020)


  • BA English Literature (University of Manchester)
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature (University of Manchester)