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Michelle Green

PhD in American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

09/2013 - 01/2014

Teaching Assistant in American and Canadian Studies

University of Nottingham

Module: Canadian Literature, Film and Culture

Research Summary

My current research examines representations of obesity and fatness in contemporary U.S literature. This study contributes to research in the Medical Humanities and the emerging field of Fat Studies.… read more

Recent Publications

  • MICHELLE GREEN, 2015. Coming of Age through Weight Loss: The Fat Woman as Sexually Amature in Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle. In: CAROLINE WALTERS and HELEN HESTER, eds., Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism. Ashegate. 240pp

Current Research

My current research examines representations of obesity and fatness in contemporary U.S literature. This study contributes to research in the Medical Humanities and the emerging field of Fat Studies. My broader research interests include medical moral panics, gender and genre theory, and contemporary Anglo-American writing.

My research supervisors are Professor Sharon Monteith and Dr Susan Billingham, and this project is funded by the AHRC.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "A Queer Kind of Anarchy: The 'Failed Citizen' in Contemporary 'Obesity' Fiction", BAAS annual conference, University of Birmingham, 04/2014
  • Roundtable participant on the PG BAAS and IAAS 'Homeward Bound': Nation, Belonging and the American postgraduate roundtable, University of Nottingham. Topic: "The Home: An Exhausted and Exhaustive Metaphor?", 12/2013
  • "Fat, Queer, Immature: Re-reading Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces," American Bodies, Annual RCAS North West conference, University of Liverpool, 10/2013
  • "(In)Visible Fat Bodies: Privilege, 'Passing' and Abjection in Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle," Annual Roles: Gender and Sexuality conference, University of Birmingham, 05/2013
  • "The Wendigo Cannibal and the 'Myth' of Diabetes in Native American groups," Cannibals: Cannibalism, Consumption and Culture, Hic-Dragones conference, Manchester, 04/2013
  • "The (In)Visible Fat Body in Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle,", PCA/ACA conference, Washington D.C, USA, 03/2013
  • "(In)Visible Romance in Sarah Waters's Affinity: Resisting the Heterosexual Plot," Mythic, Magical & Monstrous Women in Contemporary Women's Writing symposium, Postgraduate Contemporary Women's Writing Network (PG CWWN) conference, University of Leicester, 06/2012
  • "The Apparitional Assistant in Sarah Waters' Fingersmith," Gender on the Edge, University of Leeds, 06/2011

Conference and Event Organisation

Co-organised:

  • 'Homeward Bound': Nation, Belonging and the American Home, Annual postgraduate BAAS and IAAS conference, University of Nottingham. 07-08 December 2013.
  • Roles: Gender and Sexuality Conference, 3rd Annual postgraduate conference organised by Roles: Gender and Sexuality Forum, University of Birmingham. 10 May 2013.
  • Literature and Theatre Postgraduate MA conference, University of Leeds. 15 June 2011.

I have also acted as the Publicity and Events Assistant for the Department of American Studies in the University of Nottingham, Jan 2013 - Present.

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Editorial Boards

Publicity and Communications Editor of 49th Parallel: Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, from Jan 2013 - Present. 49th Parallel is a cross-institutional journal edited by postgraduates in the University of Nottingham and University of Birmingham.

Postgraduate Networks Member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women's Writing Network (PG CWWN) Steering Group, 2013.

  • MICHELLE GREEN, 2015. Coming of Age through Weight Loss: The Fat Woman as Sexually Amature in Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle. In: CAROLINE WALTERS and HELEN HESTER, eds., Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism. Ashegate. 240pp

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