Processed with VSCO with p5 presetI am an AHRC funded PhD researcher at the University of Manchester.

My research explores how Victorian female expression is negotiated through prescriptions on behaviour, resulting in mediated expression. This both sub-consciously and consciously affects the way a text is produced and can be observed within manuscripts and post-publication editions. I explore how mediated expression manifests itself in the works of middle-class female writers, including Charlotte Bront√ę and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by analysing markings, crossings out and excisions on their manuscripts, and examining the interpretive¬†implications for the literary text. I argue that deletions and excisions, which could be read as instances of self-censorship, in fact allow women to negotiate their expression and empower them to speak.

Twitter: @LucyHanks