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Mr Antony Mullen

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I am working on a thesis entitled Spectres of Thatcher: Contemporary Fiction and Conservative Thought, supervised by Professor Patricia Waugh and supported by a Pemberton Scholarship at University College. I previously graduated from Newcastle University with a First Class BA (Hons) degree and an MA (with Distinction).

My research examines how the contemporary novel has responded to the emergence and development of Thatcherism since the early 1980s. In particular, my focus is on the extent to which fictional narratives framed nationalism and national identity, not economic policy, as Thatcherism’s defining characteristic. My thesis takes an interdisciplinary perspective, adopting perspectives from literary and political theory, and drawing upon findings from archival research.

Beyond this, I am interested in the history of conservative thought (especially Thatcherism); the relationship between the individual and the state (particularly relating to notions of freedom and liberty); and the development of British national identity since 1945.

In 2016 I set up The Thatcher Network (@ThatcherNetwork), an interdisciplinary group for researchers of Thatcher and Thatcherism. The network is funded by the Social History Society and the Institute of Advanced Study among others. The group’s first conference was held in January 2017.

I am also Research Assistant to Dr James Smith in the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures on the project ‘Cultures of Surveillance in the Snowdon Era’.

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