Francesca Vavotici

PhD English Literature

Year of study: 3

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PhD supervisor:



School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
The University of Edinburgh
50 George Square

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Francesca Vavotici is a third-year English Literature PhD candidate at The University of Edinburgh. Her academic interest lies in 20th- and 21st-century American literature. She is currently working on a project examining the relationship between space, language and female identity in the American novel of the 1960s. 


PhD English Literature - The University of Edinburgh (in progress)

MSc Creative Writing - The University of Edinburgh, 2017

MA (Hons) English Literature, First Class - The University of Edinburgh, 2016



Undergraduate teaching

  • English Literature 1 - Tutor
  • English Literature 2 - Tutor
  • Scottish Literature 1 - Tutor

Project activity

Gender and Equality PhD Internship at the Centre for Research Collections - Recovering and sharing stories of underrepresented and/or marginalised individuals and groups within the Special Collections held by the Univeristy of Edinburgh.

Papers delivered

  • 'Testimony and Power in Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint' - IAAS 50th Annual Conference, Maynooth University, upcoming.
  • 'Newspapers, Facts and Fallacy: Survival in Mary McCarthy’s The Group and Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays' - BAAS Postgraduate Conference, British Library, 6-7th December 2019.
  • 'The Radical Feminism of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ' - SASA 20th Annual Conference, The Univeristy of Edinburgh, 2nd March 2019.
  • 'Before Betty Friedan: The Feminine Mystique in Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road' - Common Grounds Postgraduate Conference, Queen Margaret Univeristy - Belfast, 26-27th October 2018.