Pauline McGonagle

Pauline McGonagle British Library

Pauline's AHRC funded collaborative PhD with the British Library and the University of Exeter explores the theme of 'disinheritance’ in the prose writing and bequeathed archive of the transnational writer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who worked between 1952 and 2013. 


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A PhD can be a lonely journey, but collaborative PhDs are certainly not that.

Key points

  • Pauline’s research involves first access to the donated notebooks, correspondence, scrap books and papers within the Contemporary Literature collections.
  • She is contributing to the cataloguing of the Jhabvala collection for future researchers of literature.
  • Her PhD thesis will assess how both Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s roots and her routes have contributed to her working methods and choice of writing subjects.
  • The PhD has given Pauline opportunities to link archival material held in publishers’ collections, e.g. at the University of Reading and the National Library of Scotland with this unique collection, and to contribute to and take part in public events celebrating the writer’s life and work.

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