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Annelise Edwards-Daem

Languages and Literature, Nottingham Trent University

Thesis title:

A Feminist Figurine: Reclaiming the Doll in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Women's Writing

My PhD ‘Patriarchal Puppets or Feminist Figurines?: The Doll in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing’, examines women writers who challenge perceptions of gendered subjectivity by engaging with the figure of the doll; considering this figure in relation to sexuality, monstrosity and posthumanism. The project largely focuses on neglected Anglo-American women’s writing by twentieth-century authors, including Margery Lawrence, Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Yorke and Thea Von Harbou, and twenty-first-century texts, including ‘Doll: A Romance of Mississippi’ (2005), The Heart Goes Last (2015), The Silent Companions (2017) and Frankissstein (2019), to explore and interpret connections across a hitherto unrecognised corpus of works that focus on this figure of female gender identity. It also draws on late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and periodicals, such as The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1847), as a touchstone for the doll’s alignment with female submission.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


'Book Review: The Cultural Construction of Monstrous Children: Essays on Anomalous Children From 1595 to the Present Day. Simon Bacon and Leo Ruickbie. (2020)', Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, 7. 2 (December 2020), 45-47

'Faye Hammill, PPCRG New Directions (Report)', PPC Digest (15 December 2020)

'Eighteenth Century Journals', Women's Writing (Taylor and Francis Online, 21 July 2020) 


'‘It was devastating – it was madness – it was like death’: Female Sexuality in Daphne du Maurier’s ‘The Doll’', Hidden Conference 2021, 9 September 2021, Online.

‘Uncanny Spaces: Material Obsession in Virginia Woolf’s ‘Solid Objects’ and ‘The New Dress’Spatial Modernities Symposium, 13 May 2021, Online.

Public Engagement & Impact

24th March 2021 - Co-chaired a 'Conversations about...' Gender and Sexuality Panel event.


15th February 2021 - NTU PGR Research Presentaion Café - presented a 10 minute summary of my PhD Project.

27th March 2019, 'Women's Writing after Suffrage', Bromley House Library - presented my research findings alongside Dr Catherine Clay.

6th March 2019, 'The Anti-Bildungsroman', NTU English Research Fair.

Other Research Interests

Poetry, Periodicals, Victorian literature, Penny Dreadfuls, Contemporary Film and Media, decolonisation, queer theory.


Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG) at NTU

Feminist Studies Association (FSA)

International Gothic Association (IGA)

Angela Carter Society

Contemporary Women's Writing Association (CWWA)

Critical Poetics 


Communications Assistant for 'Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies' Project

Arts and Humanities Doctoral School Student Representative

Athena SWAN Student Committee Member


The Posthuman & New Materialism Summer School, Utrecht University, 16-27 August 2021, Online Course, 2 ECTs earned.