Mx Nat Reeve

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I'm a doctoral student funded by TECHNE, the AHRC doctoral training partnership. I research the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist-poet Elizabeth Siddal, working with queer theory to explore her corpus's complicated relationship with her literary and artistic predecessors and contemporaries. I'm especially attuned to how a combination of queer theory and creative close reading can illuminate the chaotic methodologies and destabilising rewritings in Siddal's work. There's a TECHNE podcast episode about it if you want to hear more. 

I'm also a novelist, and my debut novel Nettleblack is coming out in June 2022, with its sequel the year after that. The books are an epistolary-ish queer neo-Victorian story following a runaway heiress, a non-binary cravat designer and a fresh-formed organisation of oddball detectives as they grapple with the menaces besieging a rural English town. 

I was Co-Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies from 2019-2020, alongside Dr Sophie Gilmartin. I'm also the 2020 Amy P. Goldman Pre-Raphaelite Fellow at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Art Museum.

I've taught on the 'Thinking as a Critic' and 'Introducing English Poetry' undergraduate modules, as well as the MA Victorian Literature, Art and Culture module 'The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution: Poetry and Painting'. This year, you'll find me teaching Creative Writing, as a teaching assistant for CW2010: Playwriting. 

I've also written, edited and acted in multiple short performances for the Royal Holloway Arts Collections and Picture Gallery alongside my partner in chaos Claudia Chapman, portraying everything from ghostly College lesbian diarists to voraciously moustachioed Victorian Arctic explorers. 

Prior to my doctoral studies, I completed my MA Victorian Literature, Art and Culture at Royal Holloway (Distinction), and my BA English at Jesus College, Cambridge (First). 

I tweet, occasionally and shyly, @natfiereeve.

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