Joseph ThorneI am a PhD researcher at LJMU English, in receipt of the Fully-funded PhD Scholarship. Before coming to Liverpool, I did my undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where I did a special author paper on Oscar Wilde. I then completed an MA in English Literature in my native Cardiff. My dissertation, supervised by Dr Anthony Mandal, was on the Decadent tendency to define criminality as a form of sainthood. In this project I explored everything from Victorian inner-city cartography to the nature of sin in the proto-weird fiction of Arthur Machen. This gave me a good basis for my current project: a re-reading of the fin-de-siècle illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. While most criticism treats him as a fairly isolated, prickly character, my study will pay particular attention to his place in the social networks of the 1890s.

Aubrey Beardsley, 'Salomé'
Aubrey Beardsley, ‘Salomé

I have given papers at the ‘Medieval Myths and British Identities’ conference (Cardiff University, 18/09/2015) and the ‘Fin de Siècle Echoes conference (Kings College London, 12/12/2015). I’m also working as a Research Assistant for Mark Samuels Lasner and Prof Margaret Stetz on an exhibition about the Liverpudlian writer Richard Le Gallienne.

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