Amy Louise Blaney
I am an AHRC NWCDTP funded PhD student at Keele University. My
thesis is entitled "Forming the Arthurian Idyll, 1688 - 1820"
I gained my BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, graduating in 2007 before moving into employment. I returned to university in 2018 and obtained my MA in English Literatures from Keele University before progressing on to PhD study.
My research considers literary engagements with Arthurian legend across the long eighteenth-century, examining the ways in which reworkings of Arthur intervene in debates about historiography, gender, class, and national identity.
My work explores the nationalisation of cultural mythologies and examines the intersections between gendered and national identities in British Arthurian literature across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, considering how Williamite and Georgian appropriations of Arthur enabled the Victorians to rework the myth, but were also distinctive from those later reworkings, responding to cultural concerns from the Glorious Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars.