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Dr Jane Kilby wins 2018 Feminist Theory essay prize

May 09, 2019

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Congratulations to Dr Jane Kilby, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, who has been selected by an independent judge as the winner of the 2018 Feminist Theory essay prize.  

Jane’s article, ‘Saving the girl: A creative reading of Alice Sebold’s Lucky and The Lovely Bones’, has been described by judges as a “strikingly successful piece of experimental, self-reflexive academic writing”, which makes “an important intervention in feminist thinking about rape.”

Jane said: “I’m delighted with the award. ‘It is the first piece of fictocriticism I’ve published, so the prize is proof that someone likes my new style scholarship. It has also inspired me to keep on writing my book, which is about a student and a serial killer!

I couldn’t have written the article without the support and inspiration of my colleagues in English and Creative Writing. They deserve the prize for being so wonderful!”

Jane wrote her piece to show that academics can write in lively and emotionally engaging ways, like novelists do. “Academics think and feel,” she said, “and I want my readers to do the same."

She added: "I also wanted to talk about teaching; there is a lot about that in the article. For me, research and teaching are intimately linked. I learn more from my students than they learn from me!”

You can view Jane’s article here.