Amelia Louks, Peterhouse

Degree: PhD
Course: English
Supervisor: Prof Kasia Boddy
Dissertation Title:

Olfactory Ethics: Smell and Discrimination in Modernity

Biographical Information

I completed a BA in English Literature at the University of Exeter (Hons) and a Masters degree in Issues in Modern Culture at UCL (Distinction). My PhD examines morally exigent olfactory language in relation to disgust and desire affects. My thesis argues for the importance of olfactory language and perception in conferring group identities and structuring our social world. 

Research Interests

My interests lie primarily in Post-45 literature, but more broadly in 20th century-Present literature and Critical Theory. My work occupies a space at the intersection of critical theory and sensory studies and I aim to take an interdisciplinary approach. Thematically, I am interested in affect, discrimination, abjection, sensation, trauma, perception, embodiment, and ethics. 

Areas of Supervision

I have experience with supervising:

Practical Criticism and Critical Practice I and II

Paper 7A English Literature and its Contexts, 1830-1945

Paper 7B English Literature and its Contexts, 1870-Present

Paper 11 Prose Forms, 1936-1956

Paper 12 Contemporary Writing in English 

Paper 14 American Literature

Paper 25 The Ethical Imagination

Paper 16 The History and Theory of Literary Criticism

Paper 18 Visual Culture