Text World Theory
Possible worlds theories
Narratives of climate change
Difficulty in fictional narratives
I am currently in the process of completing a PhD in Literary Linguistics at The University of Sheffield. I am also working as a Research Assistant at the University of Wolverhampton.
My research draws on Text World Theory and the Storyworlds model to investigate readers' mental representations of fictional narratives, and to explore the different strategies readers adopt when comprehending, remembering and summarising narrative texts. In my thesis I argue that Text World Theory can be expanded by incorporating elements of the storyworlds model to account for readers' mental representations of narrative in long term memory. My work is grounded in reader response practices, and I am interested in exploring how empirical data from large numbers of readers can complement traditional literary analyses.
In the context of the climate emergency, I am interested in how cognitive stylistics can help us understand how people conceptualise human agency in a changing world. I plan to extend my PhD research by exploring how readers remember and summarise narratives of environmental destruction and climate change.
To discover more about one of me recent research projects, you can see a report of the findings here.