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Dr Madeleine Davies

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Dr Madeleine Davies
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Associate Professor
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My research-led teaching focuses on Women's Writing and Feminist Theory, particularly the work of Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood Maddi Davies Publications . I have published widely on Margaret Atwood in particular and I have also published work on Contemporary British Drama and Television Drama. Maddi Davies Research . My early publication career focused on drama (my monograph discusses the theatre of Peter Shaffer), when I was also post-doctoral research fellow on 'The BBC Wednesday Play' project (HEFCE funded). My more recent work focuses on feminisms and I am currently preparing a UoR MOOC, 'Reading Virginia Woolf'.

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I co-convened the 'Postmodernist Biofictions' Conference in March 2017 where we welcomed a range of academic colleagues, students, and writers including Maggie Gee, Susan Sellers and David Lodge.  This conference was supported by the UoR Endowment Fund and we were very pleased to welcome our Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, at the event.  Conference papers will be published through Cambridge Scholars.

 

 

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I am an Academic Partner on the EMA Programme (2017-19) and am assisting in the roll-out of eSFG at UoR. I have co-organised two EMA conferences, one internal (May 2018) and one external (September 2018). My work with EMA intersects with my activity on the 'Diversifying Assessment' project I coordinated in SLL. This project generated my use of learning journals on my Part 3 modules, and this itself produced an edited collection of journal entries on my Part 3 'Margaret Atwood' module.   The book, Second Sight: The Margaret Atwood Learning Journals, was funded by our Teaching and Learning Deans and was published in June 2018.

 

 

In the last session, I collaborated with Dr Jacqui Turner (Department of History) and a Part 2 student to produce an event titled, 'Celebrating Forgotten Women'. The evening of talks also involved a party and a celebration organised with Special Collections to celebrate the centenary of the extension of the franchise in the UK to include (some) women. The event as supported by funding from the V-C's Endowment Fund and by the Diversity and Inclusion Fiund. The event was a great success and it showcased creative staff-student collaboration at UoR. Dr Jacqui Turner, Guy Baxter and I subsequently won a UoR award for outstanding collaboration in T&L.

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My current research projects include work on 'signature' in the novels of Margaret Atwood, and an analysis of herstorical biofiction which asks whether what is historically 'known' can only be understood in terms of the biofictional interrogation of the 'fact'/'fiction' interface. I continue to publish PedR Case Studies and I am currently co-authoring a full-length article with EMA.

 

Teaching and Convening

I convene the Part 2 'Critical Issues' module and I have engaged with innovative pedagogic practise in its redevelopment. I also convene Part 3 modules on Margaret Atwood and Virginia Woolf and both modules meet with enthusiastic student response, For more details of my teaching please see Maddi Davies Teaching and Convening

 

Awards, Recognition, Funding

Successful application to the HEA for Senior Fellowship.

I received funding from the Endowment Fund for the Postmodernist Biofictions conference and also for the Jess Phillips talk and debate at the University (October 2017).

The 'Diversifying Assessment' project that I co-lead has also received TLDF funding (August 2017-April 2018).

The Second Sight learning journals project was supported with £1000 from TLD and SCoSEE funds.

'Celebrating Forgotten Women' was supported with £750 from the Diversity and Inclusion Fund and from the V-C's Endowment Fund.

Successful application to become a University Teaching Fellow (2017).

RUSU Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities 2017.

RUSU Excellence Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching 2018.

University Award for outstanding collaborative teaching excellence, 2018.

Administration and T&L Initiatives

I am involved in a wide range of activities and initiatives. As Senior Fellow of the HEA I sit on the FLAIR 'College of Assessors', I am a member of SSCER, a member of the ATS Steering Group, and I lead an annual student-facing International Women's Day event.

I initiated the 'Resilience Master Class' series in my School: this collaborative Programme involves three Master Classes developed to enhance students' wellbeing, personal and academic effectiveness, and employability. The Programme has been Showcased University-wide (May 2017).

Dissemination and Outreach

As well as publishing research-led work, I contribute articles about pedagogic innovation to a range of UofR blogs (including Diversity and Inclusion, T&L Exchange, SLL blog, and T&L blog) and I have written articles for 'Spark' (the student newspaper) when invited to do so. I have also contributed to films for the University (see IWD), my department, and for RUSU, and I contribute to radio interviews when requested. I participate in Outreach activities such as the Wokingham Schools 'Federation Day' (February 2017) and I work with Massolit to produce series of films on A level texts for schools and FE colleges.

Below is a selection of the blogs and newspaper articles, I have published on UofR T&L sites and in 'Spark' between 2016-17:

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/20/the-gender-sexuality-and-identities-student-forum-including-uofr-students-in-extra-curricular-platforms-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/03/06/success-breeds-success-in-praise-of-flair-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature-sll/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/02/13/resilience-the-route-to-success-by-dr-madeleine-davies/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/21/launch-of-new-research-network-on-politics-in-the-americas-at-reading-by-dr-mara-oliva/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/t-and-l-exchange/connecting-with-the-curriculum-framework-in-student-participation-at-academic-conferences/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/04/19/using-your-voice-to-make-a-difference-jess-phillips-mp-at-the-university-of-reading-on-june-1st/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/03/10/engaging-uofr-students-in-equality-diversity-and-inclusion/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/18/dr-madeleine-davies-views-the-vanessa-bell-exhibition-at-the-dulwich-picture-gallery-april-13-2017/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/19/the-monroe-group-university-of-reading-interdisciplinary-research-network-for-the-study-of-politics-in-the-americas/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/11/jess-phillips-mp-finding-your-voice/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/03/rusu-teaching-excellence-award-dr-madeleine-davies/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2015/03/12/international-womens-day-debate/

https://sparknewspaper.co.uk/news/the-university-of-reading-celebrates-international-womens-day/

PhD supervision and examination:

I have examined PhD theses on a variety of topics including the following:

  • 'Caught in the Narrative Act: Journalists and Journalism in Graham Green's Fiction' (Chakrabarti, 2004).
  • 'National Identity in Canadian and Australian Science Fiction' (Reid, 2004).
  • '"The Value, Beauty, and Malarkey of Words": Constructions of the Subject in Lorrie Moore' (Kelly, 2006).
  • '"Books of Life": A Reassessment of the Work of Carol Shields' (Ramon, 2006).
  • 'From Contact to Collision: Western Women in China 1880-1900' (McGovern, 2006).
  • '"Maybe I'm Tired of Being Human, if Human is what I am": Sentimental Posthumanism in the Work of Martin Amis' (Wilson Hughes, 2014).

I have supervised dissertations to completion at Masters and PhD level in the fields of Canadian writing and Virginia Woolf (for example, 'Culture with Honour: The Arts in Britain from Munich to the Blitz - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Michael Tippett', Platt, 2008).

I welcome future graduate researchers in the field of women's writing, particularly Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood. I am currently developing pedagogic publications whilst continuing to publish articles on Margaret Atwood and also Postmodernist Biofictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memberships

HEA (Senior Fellow)

MLA

The Margaret Atwood Society

The Virginia Woolf Society

The Fawcett Society

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Women@Reading

The Monroe Group

 

Teaching and Convening

Iconvene the Part 2 'Critical Issues' module and I have initiatMaddi22ed innovative pedagogic practise in its redevelopment. I also convene Part 3 modules on Margaret Atwood and Virginia Woolf and both modules meet with enthusiastic student response, For more details of my teaching please see Maddi Davies Teaching and Convening

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In 2017 I was delighted to win the RUSU Award Teaching Excellence.

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Awards, Recognition, Funding

I succeeded in my application to the HEA for Senior Fellowship.

I have received funding from the Endowment Fund for the Postmodernist Biofictions conference and also for the Jess Phillips talk and debate at the University (October 2017).

The 'Diversifying Assessment' project that I co-lead has also received TLDF funding (August 2017-April 2018).

RUSU Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities 2017.

Administration and T&L Initiatives

I am Department Director of Academic Tutoring for English Literature and I am involved in a wide range of activities and initiatives. As Senior Fellow of the HEA I sit on the FLAIR 'College of Assessors', and I am currently co-leading the TLDF-funded 'Diversifying Assessments' project in the Department of English Literature. I lead an annual student-facing International Women's Day event, initiated the 'Gender, Sexuality and Identities' Forum, and sit on the SSLC, the SBTL and the Senior Tutor Community of Practise.

I initiated and continue to lead the 'Resilience Master Class' series in my School: this collaborative Programme involves three Master Classes developed to enhance students' wellbeing, personal and academic effectiveness, and employability. The Programme has been Showcased University-wide (May 2017). I also contribute to the 'Professional Track' programme in my School, leading an 'Assertiveness in Writing' class, and I will be assisting RUSU in training new course reps from October 2017.

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Dissemination and Outreach

As well as publishing research-led work, I contribute articles about pedagogic innovation to a range of UofR blogs (including Diversity and Inclusion, T&L Exchange, SLL blog, and T&L blog) and I have written articles for 'Spark' (the student newspaper) when invited to do so. I have also contributed to films for the University (see IWD), my department, and for RUSU, and I contribute to radio interviews when requested. I participate in Outreach activities such as the Wokingham Schools 'Federation Day' (February 2017).

Below is a selection of the blogs and newspaper articles, I have published on UofR T&L sites and in 'Spark' between 2016-17:

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/20/the-gender-sexuality-and-identities-student-forum-including-uofr-students-in-extra-curricular-platforms-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/03/06/success-breeds-success-in-praise-of-flair-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature-sll/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/02/13/resilience-the-route-to-success-by-dr-madeleine-davies/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/21/launch-of-new-research-network-on-politics-in-the-americas-at-reading-by-dr-mara-oliva/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/t-and-l-exchange/connecting-with-the-curriculum-framework-in-student-participation-at-academic-conferences/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/04/19/using-your-voice-to-make-a-difference-jess-phillips-mp-at-the-university-of-reading-on-june-1st/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/03/10/engaging-uofr-students-in-equality-diversity-and-inclusion/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/18/dr-madeleine-davies-views-the-vanessa-bell-exhibition-at-the-dulwich-picture-gallery-april-13-2017/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/19/the-monroe-group-university-of-reading-interdisciplinary-research-network-for-the-study-of-politics-in-the-americas/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/11/jess-phillips-mp-finding-your-voice/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/03/rusu-teaching-excellence-award-dr-madeleine-davies/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2015/03/12/international-womens-day-debate/

https://sparknewspaper.co.uk/news/the-university-of-reading-celebrates-international-womens-day/

 

I wrote this double-page article for ‘Spark’ in March 2017. It aimed to raise awareness around issues of equality, to encourage participation in the annual IWD event, and to attract students to the new ‘Gender and Identities Forum’ I initiated in 2017. Both events were also disseminated on the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ blog the T&L blog, and the DEL blog.

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PhD supervision and examination:

I have examined PhD theses on a variety of topics including the following:

  • 'Caught in the Narrative Act: Journalists and Journalism in Graham Green's Fiction' (Chakrabarti, 2004).
  • 'National Identity in Canadian and Australian Science Fiction' (Reid, 2004).
  • '"The Value, Beauty, and Malarkey of Words": Constructions of the Subject in Lorrie Moore' (Kelly, 2006).
  • '"Books of Life": A Reassessment of the Work of Carol Shields' (Ramon, 2006).
  • 'From Contact to Collision: Western Women in China 1880-1900' (McGovern, 2006).
  • '"Maybe I'm Tired of Being Human, if Human is what I am": Sentimental Posthumanism in the Work of Martin Amis' (Wilson Hughes, 2014).

I have supervised dissertations to completion at Masters and PhD level in the fields of Canadian writing and Virginia Woolf (for example, 'Culture with Honour: The Arts in Britain from Munich to the Blitz - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Michael Tippett', Platt, 2008). In October 2017 I will have three PhD students in supervision with me. I have also enjoyed working with Visiting Scholars, most recently Varalda (University of Rome), working on biofictions of Woolf.

I welcome future graduate researchers in the field of women's writing, particularly Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood. I am currently developing pedagogic publications whilst continuing to publish articles on Margaret Atwood and also Postmodernist Biofictions (see above, 'Areas of Interest and Research').

University of Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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