Ms Penny Rudge

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Personal profile

Penny Rudge has completed a practice-based PhD in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London with a full Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award. She was supervised by Sir Andrew Motion and Professor Robert Hampson. Her thesis title is ‘A Novel Consciousness: a Practical Exploration of Fiction’s Capacity to Represent DeafBlindness’. 

Dr Rudge holds a BA in English Literature from Downing College, Cambridge, where she won the P.D. James prize for Creative Writing; an MBA from London Business School, where she was awarded the Misys Foundation Scholarship and a Glynn Jones Scholarship; and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she won the Random House Fellowship and held a full Arts & Humanities Research Council Studentship Award.

Dr Rudge published her first novel ‘Foolish Lessons in Life and Love’ with Little, Brown in March 2010 and is represented by Caroline Wood of the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency.

Research interests

Penny Rudge has research interests in literary theory and practice, medical humanities, disability studies and consciousness studies. Her focus is on interdisciplinary approaches to rethinking disability from an embodiment perspective. Particular interests include the relations between literary practice, linguistic events, and social attitudes; subjectivity in narrative and the brain; and the cultural appropriation of deafness and blindness.  


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