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Rebecca Walker


Rebecca Walker


Research overview

I received my MA (Hons) in French and Italian and MLitt in Italian Studies from the University of St Andrews, respectively in 2016 and 2017. My doctoral research in Italian Studies, commencing in 2017, is funded by the Carnegie Trust. 

The project focusses on the theme of fracture as a constituent element of female subjectivity-formation in the novels of Elena Ferrante and Goliarda Sapienza. Engaging with contemporary feminist and related critical theory, I discuss how the authors employ and repurpose images of brokenness as a narrative device for writing the life story, suggesting how the 'spaces of fracture' their work creates might contribute to wider debates surrounding contemporary feminisms and first-person narratives by women. 

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