Miss Stevie Watson

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Overview

My PhD research asks how we can locate George Herriman's daily comic strip Krazy Kat (1913-1944) within American modernism. I read the strip alongside the literary and visual cultures of four key locales, asking how Herriman responded creatively to the challenges and possibilities rasied by particular American modernities, and highlighting the permeabiltiy of the 'highbrow/lowbrow' boundary in American modernism. This project, including 5 weeks' archival research at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, is fully funded by the AHRC NWCDTP.

My MA thesis, 'Queering the Frontier: Gender Performance and Parody in "Buffalo Bill's Wild West", London, 1887' examined the construction, transatlantic export, and reception of American frontier masculinity in the late nineteenth century.

Social responsibility

From 2017-2020, I worked as a Widening Participation Fellow for the Humanities. You can find out more about the university's widening participation work online.

Qualifications

MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture, University of Manchester, 2018

BA American Literature with Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, 2013

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Master of Arts, Gender, Sexuality and Culture, The University of Manchester
  • 2013 - Bachelor of Arts, American Literature with Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

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