Pauline McGonagle

Pauline McGonagle


Telephone: 07464969754 

College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Literature and Archives

I started a part-time PhD in October 2015 on a Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the AHRC. This is co-supervised by Dr Florian Stadtler, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial, Postmodern and Twentieth Century Writing and Critical Theory at the University of Exeter and Rachel Foss, Head of Contemporary Manuscripts at the British Library.

The project involves cataloguing a collection of personal papers, correspondence, prose manuscripts and notebooks of the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013) who bequeathed eleven boxes of material to the British Library which they received in 2014.

My thesis title currently stands as: 'Disinheritance': constructions of identity in the prose works and archive of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

I completed an MA in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent funded by the Sasha Roberts Scholarship and the School of English. My dissertation topic was the humour in the writing of  Mumbai author Kiran Nagarkar. My Humanities with English degree was completed at the Open University UK.

I currently work part time as a freelance proofreader and editor.

This is a recently published blog about the early stages of my research:


This is a case study video of my work made by the British Library about the Collaborative Doctoral Award Programme. It is filmed on location at the University of Exeter, including at their Special Collections and at the British Library. It also features supervisors: Dr Florian Stadtler, Rachel Foss and Ava Wood, daughter of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.