Holly Pike began studying at the University of Birmingham in 2007 for her BA in Hispanic Studies. After graduating in 2011, she was awarded the Sir Henry Thomas Junior Research Fellowship to fund her postgraduate study on female prisoners under Franco. She is currently funded by the AHRC and is completing her PhD thesis on life writing by female political prisoners. This research project focuses on texts by women imprisoned between 1936 and 1962. Taking the work by Tomasa Cuevas, Carlota O’Neill, Juana Doña, and Soledad Real as a narrative corpus, it examines how these texts interrogate paradigms of female prisoner corporeality and subjectivity. These are explored with reference to political, social, and historical discourses concerning gender and the body during the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing Francoist dictatorship. Combining gender and sexuality studies, genre and literary studies, and twentieth-century theory and criticism, her thesis uses a range of critical perspectives to consider representations of women prisoners within narrative.
Holly has taught within the department of Modern Languages on a range of courses and is currently a tutor within the Academic Writing Advisory Service. She is also a member of the Roles Sexuality and Gender Research Forum.