Virginia Woolf

Panel: Matthew Holliday, Rosie Reynolds, Anne Reus


Matthew Holliday | University of Nottingham

Matthew is a first-year doctoral researcher in English Literature at the University of Nottingham, where he is undertaking a revisionist study of Virginia Woolf’s aesthetics through the lens of Impressionism, focusing on grief as it manifests through objects. Born in London, he gained a BA at Southampton Solent (2016) and an MA from the University of Nottingham (2017) before winning an AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities studentship to work under the supervision of Dr Leena Kore-Schroder, Professor Martin Stannard and Dr Gaby Neher.

Rosie Reynolds | University of Westminster

Rosie is a second year English PhD student at the University of Westminster. She works primarily on Virginia Woolf, with a focus on the role of the aunt and its representation across her writing. She aims to explore the relationship between fictional aunts and their real life counterparts over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – a time in which the changing demography of Britain resulted in a proliferation of aunts. As well as studying for her PhD, Rosie works in HE Outreach and is collaborating with various organisations on prisoner education, including a current teaching project at HMP Pentonville.

Anna Reus | Leeds Trinity University

Anne is a third year PhD Student at Leeds Trinity University. Her thesis examines the representations of nineteenth-century women writers in Virginia Woolf’s journalism, focussing on the influence of Victorian biography and changing definitions of female professionalism. Her research interests also include mid-Victorian sensation and domestic fiction. She was co-organizer of Virginia Woolf and Heritage conference at Leeds Trinity University in 2016 and editor of the Selected Papers on this topic (Clemson UP, 2017), and is on the organizing team for the BAMS postgraduate conference New Work in Modernist Studies 2017.