PhD has opened up a world I'm excited to explore

After graduating with first-class Honours from the BA (Hons) English degree, Jess Lewis went on to do a PhD at USW.

"I wrote about metaphors of cannibalism in the Victorian novel between 1840-1900. You know, just something 'light'!

"The topic evolved naturally from my original idea which was on cannibalism and Victorian travel narratives.

"My passion has always been Victorian fiction though, so the research kept returning to fictionalised cannibals, and finally cannibal metaphors.

"My supervisors Prof Alice Entwistle and Prof Kevin Mills have been incredible. I've never felt alone during this process.

"Of course, I hit bumps in the road - researchers' block, generally feeling fed up but Alice's mantra of 'The only thing worse than doing it, is not doing it' has got me through. It's so true!

"I'm currently working on articles for publication, one of which includes a research trip to the Brontë archives (a Victorian nerd's dream), as well as applying for lecturing/research jobs.

"I've always wanted to become a lecturer, so the PhD was essential!

"It's opened the door to a world I'm so excited to explore."

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