Steph Meek

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Victorian Studies

After working as a secondary school English teacher since 1998, I embarked on a Masters Degree with the Open University in 2013. The experience re-ignited a passion for research and I am now studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter. My thesis explores the relationship between informal literary censorship and the Victorian novel. I am particularly interested in the role played by the circulating libraries and how their insidious brand of censorship influenced and shaped the aesthetic of the time. Perhaps paradoxically, I am also keen to explore how censorship was far from a pejorative force in the nineteenth century but actually helped produce the literature we  know and love today! 

My essay 'The Silent Indiscretion: Re-thinking Censorship in Thomas Hardy's An Indiscretion in the life of an Heiress' is due to be published in the autumn edition of the Thomas Hardy Journal. 

As winner of the Thomas Hardy Society 2017 student essay competition, my essay 'Demolishing the Doll of English Fiction: Hardy and the Medium of Censorship' is due to be published in the spring 2018 issue of the Thomas Hardy Society Journal.