Ellena Deeley

Department: English
Discipline: English

Project Summary

My thesis, provisionally titled ‘Conjoined Twins and the Anatomy of the Neoliberal Subject: Representing the Conjoined Body in Contemporary Literature and Screen Media’, explores representations of conjoined twins in contemporary culture. Using the lenses of globalization theory, critical disability studies and postcolonial studies, my thesis investigates how conjoined twins are constructed across a variety of different discursive sites, including canonical postcolonial literature, the mass media and biomedicine. It argues that the proliferation of representations of conjoined twins in a variety of media forms since the last decades of the twentieth century can be productively read in relation to shifting conceptions of subjectivity and social connectedness under globalization.

Supervisory Team

I am co-supervised by Dr Paul Young, a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter and Dr Helen Piper, a Senior Lecturer in Television Studies at the University of Bristol. 

Wider Research Interests

  • Critical Disability Studies
  • The Victorian Freak Show
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Globalization Theory
  • Biopolitics