Amelia Louks, Peterhouse

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Prof Steve Connor
Dissertation Title:

Olfactory Ethics: Smell and Discrimination in Modernity


Biographical Information

I hold a first class degree in English Literature from the the University of Exeter and a Masters degree with distinction in Issues in Modern Culture from UCL. I'm studying for a PhD in English Literature: Criticism and Culture at Cambridge and I am supervised by Professor Steven Connor. I work primarily on English Literature and Critical Theory, but my work is interdisciplinary and draws on Philosophy, Linguistics and Sociology. I am interested in the senses--particularly the chemosenses of smell and taste--and my PhD examines the role of olfactory language in the oppression of marginalised groups. My research will attend to olfactory prejudice against BAME groups, the working classes, the homeless, LGBTQ+ groups, Jewish people and women. My main corpus of authors includes Coetzee, Nabokov and Morrison, but I intend for the project to be inclusive of other writers. 

Research Interests

My interests lie primarily in twentieth-century literature (including modernism, late modernism and postmodernism), though I am also interested in the proto-modernist period and contemporary literature. My work often occupies a space at the intersection of critical theory, continental philosophy and sensory studies. Thematically, I am interested in affect, abjection, sensation, trauma, perception, embodiment, and evil (particularly the obscurement of). I frequently write with reference to Derrida, Foucault and Agamben, among other theorists. 

Areas of Supervision

I intend to start supervising as soon as possible and welcome anyone interested in the above areas to contact me for a chat.