Gail E. Mobley

 

Doctoral researcher

Department of English Literature

Gail Mobley

Contact details

About

Phd title: Forming the Seventeenth Century Literary Canon
Supervisors: Dr Hugh Adlington
PhD English Literature

Qualifications

PhD in English Literature (09/12-Present),
Department of English Literature, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies,  College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Master of Arts in English Literature (09/10-09/11),
Department of English Literature, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies,  College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Thesis:

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing (09/04-07/09),
Department of English, College of Letters and Sciences,University of California at Davis,
Davis, CA, USA
Minor: Ancient and Medieval History

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Literary Aesthetics before 1800 & Critical Practice
Lecturer: Dr Emily Wingfield, Lecturer in English Literature
Department of English Literature, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Research

My thesis investigates early modern ideas around producing, preserving and criticising about literature before the term canon was applied to secular literature. My project challenges current notions about the origins and historic formation of the English literary canon, a concept with far-reaching cultural and educational significance. Current scholarship pinpoints the eighteenth century as the period in which the concept of the English literary canon – focused on aesthetic merit and historical preservation - became established in its modern form. My thesis will argue many of the ideas, institutions, aesthetic features, and commercial factors that contribute to English literature canon-formation predate the eighteenth century, even if the notion of an English literary ‘canon’ is not made explicit until this time. My research therefore examines a wide range of literary, historical, theoretical, educational, philosophical and biographical writing in the seventeenth century to uncover the intellectual and literary origins of eighteenth century canon-formation.

My research interests include: seventeenth-century English poetry and prose writing, seventeenth-century history, literary canon theory and early modern paratext.

Other activities

The Graduate Centre for Europe

  • Co-Chair (Publications), September 2013 - Present
  • Journal Officer, October 2012 - July 2013

The GCfE is an interdisciplinary postgraduate forum at the University of Birmingham. It is directed by a postgraduate steering committee composed of students from the College of Arts and Law, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Social Sciences. The forum is under the direction of Dr Nicholas Martin (Department of Modern Languages: German Studies).The aim is to bring postgraduate researchers interested in any aspect of Europe, from politics and literature to geography and psychology, to collaborate, exchange ideas and promote their research. We engage the wider community through a number of activities including workshops, seminars and our annual conference.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/gcfe/index.aspx

The Birmingham Journal for Europe

  • Chief Editor September, 2013 - Present
  • Editor October, 2012 - July 2013

The Birmingham Journal for Europe is an annual postgraduate publication that presents papers on the same theme as our annual conference. Both conference presenters and other postgraduate researchers can submit their papers to the journal.

As head of the journal this year I have worked to expand our publications to include a once per term newsletter and a blog.

Newsletter: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/gcfe/news/index.aspx

Blog: http://gcfebham.wordpress.com/

Public Engagement

  • Engaging with Archives and Heritage: Charting the Student Experience at the University of Birmingham (October 2012 - March 2013)

As part of this project I created an index for Mason College Magazine (1883)

I also presented a paper entitled 'Faces at Mason College' at a Day School event that allowed members of the public to engage with Cadbury Special Collections and research.

This project was overseen by Dr Helen Fisher (Archivist, Cadbury: Special Collections) and Dr Malcolm Dick (Academic Tutor in Modern History)

  • Reaching Out in Higher Education: Using Research for Community Learning and Development (March 2013 - Present)

An AHRC funded project in which I am collaborating with the BBC to produce an exhibition on the First World War.

The 2013 University of Birmingham Research Poster Conference

  • Project Support Assistant, University Graduate School (January 2013 - July 2013)

As project support assistant I was a member of the team who organised and ran the Graduate School's seventh annual poster conference. Some of my responsibilities included assisting in advertising and promoting the event, hiring student helpers to run the day, and designing the abstract booklet.

Publications

Conference papers: 

  • ‘Preservation and Regeneration in Seventeenth-century Commemoration: Literary Inheritance’, presented in The Annual EMREM Symposium, Early Medieval-Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation-Early Modern forum, University of Birmingham, Birmingham United Kingdom, (24-05-2013) 
  • ‘Expanding Boarders: Miscellanies and Anthologies within the Early Modern Canon’, presented in The English, Drama, American & Canadian Studies Postgraduate Seminar, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom, (16-10-2013) 

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