Ms Natalie Woodward

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I studied at Royal Holloway as a PhD student in the English Literature faculty, supervised by Professor Robert Eaglestone (2012-2015). I passed my VIVA with minor corrections in 2015 and had corrections approved in 2016. My thesis offers creaturely readings of Holocaust Literature: I pay particular attention to how this literature traces vulnerability, affliction, melancholy, speechlessness and other tropes associated with a creaturely poetics. My key texts include: Anat Pick, Creaturely Poetics; Eric Santner, On Creaturely Life; Michael Rothberg, Multidirectional Memory; Simone Weil's selected work, and primary texts including both testimonies and fiction. I also use the concept of creatureliness to approach the question of animal suffering: a subject which many authors have compared to the Holocaust.

Educational background

English and Drama BA (First Class Honours) - Royal Holloway, University of London (2008-2011)

Literatures of Modernity MA (Distinction) - Royal Holloway, University of London (2011-2012)


English Literature PhD - Royal Holloway, University of London (2012-2015)


Schools Direct PGCE - Bromley Schools' Collegiate (2015-2016) *


* Today's date: 1st June 2016. I am reaching the end of this course in the next few weeks and, as it stands, I am on track to achieve 'Outstanding'. I have a job at Kensington Aldridge Academy starting in September 2016.


I am currently completing my PGCE with Bromley Schools' Collegiate, through Schools Direct. I am due to complete this in July 2016, after which I will teach as an English teacher at Kensington Aldridge Academy. I am still considering returning to academia and teaching at university in the future.


I was a PhD tutor with The Brilliant Club: an organisation which places PhD researchers into low-participation schools to teach students about their research. Ultimately, the aim is to increase university access to children from low-income backgrounds, who previously might not have considered university as a realistic option for their future (2013-2015).


I was a private tutor with Tutorhunt, from which I have tutored many pupils ranging from ages nine to seventeen. I have plenty of experience tutoring children and young adults in English Literature and English Language. I hope to gain more teaching experience during my research years at Royal Holloway (2011-2013).


Crossland Research Scholarship (current)

Founder's 3+1 Scholarship (2008-2012)

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