The Monstrous Economy: PhD Thesis Extract

In 2020, I was awarded a PhD in Cultural History from the University of Portsmouth. My PhD research examined middle-class guilt as a motivation for the creation, and promotion of monstrous stereotypes for socially outcast ‘others’ in Britain during the nineteenth century. I’ve created an abridged version that you can access via the link above, but if you’d like to read the full thesis, get in touch.


The phrase, ‘it takes a village’ is true of any PhD and so I’d like to acknowledge the support I received during my studies:
My research was fully funded by the Centre for European Studies and International Research, and was passed without corrections in January. Huge thanks to my very supportive supervisory team at the University of Portsmouth’s History Department, and to my amazing external examiner, Prof Owen Davies who has published extensively on the history of magic, witchcraft and the occult.

I received excellent supervision and support from Dr Karl Bell, Prof Brad Beaven and Dr Mike Esbester. With further thanks to Dr Katy Gibbons (External Examiner), and Dr Rob James (Annual Review).

Much of my research was supported and informed by my collaborations with the Supernatural Cities Research Group who create research, events and conferences on the a wide variety of supernatural and magical topics, and who host Portsmouth DarkFest, an annual celebration of the creative macabre.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

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