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Lorna Kirkby

PhD Student in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Lorna completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Nottingham, graduating with a first class degree in French and Portuguese before studying for an MA in Comparative Studies (Mestrado em Estudos Literários, Culturais e Interartes - Ramo de estudos comparatistas) http://hdl.handle.net/10216/90483 . at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto. She has now returned to The University of Nottingham to undertake a PhD in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies.

Expertise Summary

Lorna's primary area of research is Lusophone women's writing. She also has experience with the study of Lusophone postcolonial studies.

Teaching Summary

Lorna has taught Portuguese, Angolan, Mozambican and Brazilian literature and culture, as well as some Spanish and Argentinian literature.

Research Summary

Lorna's research focusses on the comparative study of poetry written by women from Portugal, Brazil and Angola from the 1975 until present. Her research is currently centred on the works of 5 poets:… read more

Current Research

Lorna's research focusses on the comparative study of poetry written by women from Portugal, Brazil and Angola from the 1975 until present. Her research is currently centred on the works of 5 poets: Ana Luísa Amaral from Portugal, Conceição Evaristo and Adélia Prado from Brazil, and Ana Paula Tavares and Ana Branco from Angola. In her research Lorna aims to examine the ways in which poetic subjects and bodies are constructed in women's poetry in each national context, taking into account divergent experiences of being a woman in each country and the various forces that can shape a way in which a woman may construct her poetic identity.

Lorna's primary research interests lie in post-colonial studies, feminist, gender and queer studies, women's writing, race and diaspora studies, and Portuguese literature.

Lorna's research is funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities DTP.

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