Having previously lived in Russia and the United States, Natasha studied as an undergraduate at Edinburgh (MA Hons., 2009), and then went on to complete an MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge, before returning to Edinburgh for her PhD. Natasha is currently a co-organizer of the Work in Progress Seminars and PGTA rep; she also serves as a reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in fiction and a peer reviewer for Forum, and coordinates the online PhD profiles. She works as a Research Assistant for SWINC, preparing a manuscript transcription of St. Ives for the New Edinburgh Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson. In her deeply hypothetical spare time, Natasha is a fiction writer with a few publications under her belt and answers to a cat named Penelope Rich.
Titled “Enclosure in Arcadia”, Natasha’s PhD research focuses on Early Modern prose continuations (sequels) between 1590 and 1750 – from Philip Sidney’s Arcadia to Samuel Richardson’s Pamela – exploring how the composition and reception of these texts reflected changing attitudes about authorship, originality, and intellectual property. She is also interested in these issues more broadly, as well as the ways in which paratextual frames affect the presentation of literary works: her MPhil dissertation discussed conceptions of authorship in the commendatory verses to the 1647 folio of Beaumont and Fletcher. Other interests include narrative genre (especially the romance), writing by women, and fan studies. Natasha’s PhD is funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and supervised by Dr. Suzanne Trill.
This article was published on Mar 23, 2011