St Leonard’s Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship: The Politics of Literature

  • Ostendorf, Thalia Isabelle (Recipient)

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


The scholarship theme, entitled ‘The Politics of Literature’, offers an exciting and original opportunity for an outstanding graduate to develop an interdisciplinary PhD project. The project will combine an innovative critical analysis of literature with an anthropological fieldwork project that will locate the scholarship holder in a specific socio-cultural contexts where the politics of literature matters. How do the various ways of defining literature as ‘political’ function in relation to specific cultures in which texts sit? How do readers and other actors make sense of the gap that exists between the politics of the author and the politics of literature? Since this is an experimental inter-disciplinary project, the PhD student will also be asked to overtly reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of combining methodologies from Social Anthropology and Modern Languages, and in particular to reflect on what each discipline may gain from adding a new repertoire of questions to its methodology.
Granting OrganisationsUniversity of St Andrews, United Kingdom


  • Interdisciplinary research