Miss Natasha Periyan

Supervised by

  • Finn Fordham First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

In July 2015 I was awarded my PhD, which was entitled ‘the decline of the public-school hero in 1930s modernism: education, social class and selfhood’. My thesis explored how 1930s writers’ institutional critique of education informed their left-wing politics and their conception of cultural and literary forms. Writers considered included Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Henry Green, Graham Greene and George Orwell. 

From 2011-2013 I was the Reviews Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of Royal Holloway's peer-reviewed, postgraduate e-journal Exegesis, and from 2013-2015 I was the co-organiser and co-founder of the Modernist Magazines Research Seminar at the Institute of English Studies.


Educational background

I read English at Brasenose College, Oxford before studying for my MA in English Literature (1850 – present) at King’s College London.


From 2013-2015 I taught second-year undergraduate modules on Modernist Fiction and Modernist Poetry at Royal Holloway and I was the English Department's Writing Skills Tutor in 2015. During 2015/2016, I will be teaching and lecturing on the third-year course ‘British Fiction in the 1930s and the Road to War’.

I have also taught in-sessional and pre-sessional English Language and study skills courses at Royal Holloway’s Centre for the Development of Academic Skills, and have previously taught English in France with the British Council. In 2013 I gained Associate Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. 



Other work

I was a Research Assistant on New Selected Journals, 1939 – 1995 by Stephen Spender, ed. by Lara Feigel and John Sutherland with Natasha Spender (Faber, 2012), and have recently worked as a Research Assistant on Dr Lara Feigel's European Research Council funded project, 'Beyond Enemy Lines'. I have previously written for the New Statesman, the Big Issue in the North and Waterstone’s Books Quarterly, and worked as Acting Arts Editor for the Big Issue in the North.

Research interests

  • Virginia Woolf
  • 1930s literature
  • literature and war
  • modernist magazines
  • literature and pedagogy
  • modernism

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