Anna Stenning

Profile

I’m currently working on the three-year Wellcome Trust Fellowship on the project ‘Remembering what really matters’: nature, culture and autism. 

I joined the University of Leeds in August 2020. Previously, I was a research fellow at Bath Spa University where I also taught English literature (literature and the environment) between 2018-2019.  My PhD explored the literary friendship of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost in the context of the time they spent together in Gloucestershire between 1912 and 1917. 

Responsibilities

  • Research fellow

Research interests

My current research explores the representation of autism in life writing by autistic authors, in the context of the recent clinical and cultural framings of autism. I am interested in what this teaches us about life writing and the autobiographical construction of selfhood, and how these texts contribute to greater agency and cultural acceptance for autistic people.  

I am currently writing about material and cultural entanglement and how we construct meaning from our lives. This is part of my long-standing interest in overcoming dualistic understandings of what it is to be human, inspired by feminist science studies. My work explores how literary culture – taking its cue from cognitive psychology – privileges a narrow concept of the ideal human subject that is based on Anthropocentric and Eurocentric ideology. In this way, I am interested in developing connections between medical humanities and decolonial studies. 

I have recently co-edited the collection of essays on walking as an artistic practice in the context of the Anthropocene, Walking, Landscape and Environment (Routledge 2019). 

I’m the co-editor of Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm (Routledge 2020). My first single-authored book was Edward Thomas: A Miscellany (2016) and I am currently working on a monograph study entitled Narrating Autism for Routledge US. 

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Qualifications

  • PhD (English Literature) - University of Worcester, 2015
  • MA (Literature, Science and the Environment) - University of Essex, 2010
  • BA Hons (Philosophy) - King's College London, 1999

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of ASLE-UKI