Alisha Palmer (BA hons, MA)

Thesis title: Abortion and Women's Writing 1900-1940.

PhD English Literature.

Year of study: 1

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures

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I am a PhD candidate conducting research at the intersections of English literature, the history of sexuality, and the medical humanities. 

I am a member of the Culture and the Reproductive Body research network. 


BA hons in English Literature from the University of Exeter.

MA in English Literary Studies: Criticism and Theory from the University of Exeter. 

Research summary

From the aesthetics of abortion in early twentieth century women's literature to sadomasochism and plant subjectivity in contemporary fiction, my research interests span literary and theoretical engagements with the body, nature, and sexuality.

Current research interests

My current research is focussed on the representation of abortion in British women's literature from 1900-1940.

Past research interests

In the past I have written about abortion in America in the early twentieth century, in post-colonial literature, in politics, and in queer theory. I have also written about ecocriticism, feminist theory, queer theory, and posthumanism.