1) Autobiographical recollections of family life and the prison in the nineteenth century
The PhD will examine memoirs as a source for exploring immediate and long-term effects of imprisonment on families and individual family members. It will draw on autobiographical recollections by former prisoners and relatives of those who were confined, whether for criminal offences or political activities. By focusing on the family, the PhD will aim to recover experiences of women and children that are hard to find in the ‘prison archive’.
2) Home, memory and affect in working-class autobiography
The PhD will investigate representations of the home in working-class autobiography. Building on new work on the history of emotions, home and material culture, and working-class autobiography, the PhD will explore the symbolic significance of the home in conveying memory, feeling and affect.
Both these PhDs will be will be directed by Helen Rogers and Lucinda Matthews-Jones. They…
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