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Kristen Kesonen

Posted: 8th April 2015
Category: Writers' Hub
Kristen Kesonen

In my research, I have sought to undertake projects that give new significance to previously forgotten or so-called flat characters in Charles Dickens’s fiction and theatrical adaptations of his work, particularly Jo the crossing-sweeper of Bleak House and Miss Havisham of Great Expectations.

My undergraduate thesis explored the treatment of female madness in the Victorian period and whether the figure of the Madwoman, exemplified by Miss Havisham, could ever be a feminist heroine. In my postgraduate work, I have examined the significance of periodicals aimed at a female audience in the feminist movement of the mid-Victorian period, and I am currently exploring the parallels between the figures of the Dandy and the Flâneur in Oscar Wilde’s fiction.

 

I have been an avid reader of Jane Austen since I was a young girl. I have always been amazed at how Austen was able to become so influential despite the fact that she was a single, young woman when the position of women was very limited in her lifetime. I am very interested in adaptations of Austen’s novels on television and film, and how her characters have continued to fascinate modern audiences.

 

I am very happy to be able to contribute to the Jane Austen Detectives as a new writer, and I look forward to being a part of all that this project has done to contribute to the discourse surrounding Jane Austen

 

 


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