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Natalie Ilsley is a Ph.D. student in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester (2018-2022). She researches postcolonial and feminist theory, as well as theories of resilience, and co-directs New Voices in Postcolonial Studies, a multi-disciplinary research network for postgraduates. At the MLC Research Centre, supported by the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme (Mitacs and UKRI), Natalie is a Doctoral Research Fellow studying and collaborating with the onsite supervisor Dr. Irene Gammel with a focus on the pandemic. Her MITACs resarch project is focussed on "Locating Trauma Through Resilience: Accessing Marginalized Narratives in a Global Pandemic." Natalie also holds an M.Sc. in International and European Politics (2018) from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature (2015) from Keele University. 

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Pandemic Webinar #15: Pandemic Comics and COVID-19

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Natalie Ilsley joins MLC

Natalie Ilsley joins MLC

Natalie Ilsley is a Ph.D. student in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester (2018-2022). She researches postcolonial ...

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The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Modernism in the World

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Modernism in the World

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Canadian Modernism

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Canadian Modernism

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Modernist Biography and Life Writing

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Modernist Biography and Life Writing

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