University of Edinburgh
From flirt to flapper: re-examining the flirt figure in American fiction from 1878 - 1928
2016 - PhD English Literature, University of Edinburgh
2014 - 2016 MScR English Literature, University of Edinburgh
2010 - 2014 MA (Hons) English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Dr Allyson Stack
Dr Andrew Taylor
My research project focuses on the depiction of the flirt figure in American fiction, specifically in works by Henry James, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather & F.Scott Fitzgerald. Focusing on this elusive & chameleon like figure, I will discuss how the flirt comes to represent changing gender ideologies & mythologies bound up in certain conceptions of American nationhood. I am particularly interested in how the flirt relates to the angel/whore dichotomy commonly represented in Victorian fiction & how she functions as a device by which authors may discreetly challenge patriarchal gender models without overtly discussing the taboo subjects of female sexuality, power or adultery.
Previous Research Projects:
A Study of the Flirt in Edith Wharton’s The Reef, The House of Mirth and Summer. (2016) MScR Dissertation.
The Shadow of the Fallen Woman – (2014) MA(Hons) Dissertation
AHRC PhD Studentship (2016)
Edinburgh University's LLC Masters Bursary (2014)
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First published: 10 November 2016