Master’s Degree, English Literary Research, Lancaster University
Bachelor’s Degree, English Literature, Lancaster University
Women, waives, and outlaws: towards a premodern homo sacer
Dr. Liz Oakley-Brown and Professor Arthur Bradley, Lancaster University
I am in the second year of my PhD in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. My thesis establishes a critical account of the figure of the outlawed woman in premodern literature and culture. In law, the ‘waive’ is the woman’s terminological equivalent to the outlaw. I trace the distinct legal term ‘waive’ alongside a discussion of literary texts to uncover the ideological agendas which underpin representations of outlawed women. Using the work of Giorgio Agamben, I consider whether the extent of the waive’s exclusion from both the law and language constitutes an equivalent biopolitical category to homo sacer as a type of femina sacra. I am currently researching the biopolitical implications and parallels between outlaw Robin Hood and Lancashire folk heroine Long Meg of Westminster.
Medieval and early modern texts, biopolitics, feminist literary and cultural theory.