Wanne Mendonck, St John's

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Marcus Waithe
Dissertation Title:

Nature and the Agency of Literature: Writing Holistically among the Ethical Left, 1880-1914


Biographical Information

BA in English and Latin from KU Leuven, Belgium. MA in Western Literature (also KU Leuven), graduating in 2017 with a thesis on first-wave feminism and the politics of the short story 1890-1914 (focussing in particular on the work of Evelyn Sharp).  I graduated from the MPhil in Modern and Contemporary English from Cambridge in 2018, with a dissertation on botany, literature and epistemic models in Darwin, Ruskin, and Swinburne. 

Research Interests

Victorian, Edwardian, and Modernist literature, literature and politics, the "socialist revival" 1880-1918, environmental humanities, 'Back to Nature' movements, literature and science, cultural authority and authorial persona, performativity and literary activism, New Woman and suffrage literature, aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts, the Victorian short story and fairy tale, literature and the visual arts, note-taking practices, literature of WWI, narratology and literary character

Areas of Supervision

Part II, paper 10; Dissertations (happy to hear from any undergraduates working on my areas of interest or related)