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Rose Harris-Birtill


Rose Harris-Birtill, PhD MA (Dist.) BA (Hons) AFHEA
Postal address:
Castle House
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
United Kingdom


Research overview

Dr Rose Harris-Birtill is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in English at the University of St Andrews. Her current research brings together post-secular literary fiction and Buddhist philosophies, investigating the redeployment of Buddhist influences across the complete fictions of author David Mitchell. This research project broadens to investigate a wider resurgence of post-secular narrative worlds in contemporary literature, discussing Mitchell’s works alongside those of Michael Ondaatje, Ali Smith, Yann Martel, Will Self and Margaret Atwood.

Rose has presented her research in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and St Andrews, and her peer-reviewed academic publications include "'A row of screaming Russian dolls': Escaping the panopticon in David Mitchell's number9dream", published in the David Mitchell special edition of SubStance (2015, Issue 136), "'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds" (KronoScope: The Journal for the Study of Time, 2017, in press), and a forthcoming book chapter on David Mitchell’s writing for opera in David Mitchell: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Rose’s research interests include contemporary and twentieth-century literatures and poetics, time, globalisation, experimental and visual narratives, Tibetan Buddhism and diaspora, world literature, global feminisms, literature in performance, capitalism and the Anthropocene, speculative fiction, and critical and cultural theory.

Rose is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), an accredited Masters-level professional teaching qualification awarded at the University of St Andrews, aligning with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). She also holds the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) New Scholar Prize, and the Frank Muir Prize for Writing.

Rose is also the lead organiser for the David Mitchell Conference 2017, a one-day international conference on the author's works held at the University of St Andrews on Saturday 3rd June 2017. See the David Mitchell Conference website for full details.

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