Ms. Carla Douglas

Ms. Carla Douglas

PhD Candidate
Module Assistant

My research

My thesis is entitled Tony Kushner: Legacy and Reading (previously titled Tony Kushner: Legacy, Reading, Performance). It explores the representation of ‘legacy’ in selected plays and films by US playwright Tony Kushner. Defined as both the ‘action or act of bequeathing,’ and as ‘anything passed down from an ancestor or predecessor,’ ‘legacy’ can refer to diverse objects, actions, and representational forms. I seek to trace Kushner’s interrogation of both the concept of legacy, and the movement of transmission and reception associated with it. Legacy, I further argue, is integrally entangled with processes of reading, performance, and performativity.

I am supervised by Dr. Denis Flannery.

About me

I completed my BA, Honours and Masters degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. My Masters by Research is entitled Image and Poetry in Selected Early Works of William Blake: Producing a Third Text, and was passed with distinction.

Funding

I am funded by the Leeds International Research Scholarship (Sept 2013-2016), with additional funding from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (2013).

During my Masters I was awarded a place in the Mellon Postgraduate Mentorship Scheme for two years (2010-2011). This was awarded concurrently to my MA supervisors Prof. Merle Williams and Prof. Anitra Nettleton.

I have also been the recipient of a number of other scholarships, including the University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Merit Award (2008-2010), the Doris and Harold Tothill Scholarship (2009), the University of the Witwatersrand Council Merit Scholarship (2007), and the E A H Loerincz Scholarship (2006).

Awards

  • Florence Emma Cull and Elizabeth Nora Heseltine Award for the top student in English Honours (2009, University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Faculty of Humanities Gold Medal, for the student with the most distinguished record in the degree of Bachelor of Arts (2007, University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Phyllis Lewsen Prize for distinguished achievement in third-year History (2007, University of the Witwatersrand)
  • W.M. Macmillan Prize for distinguished achievement in second-year History (2006, University of the Witwatersrand)

Organisational Responsibilities

  • Lead-organizer of the Citizen Roundtable at the University of Leeds (4 May 2016), funded by LEAP in association with the School of English American Research Group.
  • Lead-organizer of the American Studies Postgraduate Conference at the University of Leeds (October 2015), funded by LEAP. This conference was internationally attended.
  • Co-Chair (with Ilse Ras) of the School of English Postgraduate Research Seminars, 2014/2015.

Papers

  • 2016: Revised paper presented at the University of Leeds School of English Postgraduate Research Seminar (24 February), 'Collaboration and Legacy in Tony Kushner's The Illusion'
  • 2015: Paper presented at British Association of American Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Glasgow (5 December), 'Collaboration and Legacy in Tony Kushner's The Illusion'.
  • 2015: Paper presented at 6th Annual American Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Manchester (15 May): '"Consequences Unforeseen": Change and Paranoid Reading in Caroline, or Change'.
  • 2014: Paper presented at the University of Leeds, School of English Postgraduate Research Seminar (8 May), '"Consequences unforeseen": Reading Labour and Legacy in Caroline, or Change'.
  • 2012: Paper presented at the University of the Witwatersrand, Critical Thinking Colloquium (7-10 August), 'Reading Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Image, texts and the problems of reproduction in undergraduate teaching'.
  • 2012: Paper Presented at the University of the Witwatersrand Department of English Literature (22 May 2012), '"I know myself both poet and painter": Image and Text in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Teaching 

I have a variety of teaching experience in both South Africa and the UK. Between September 2014 and 2016 I have taught courses in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Between 2008 and 2012 I tutored at the University of the Witwatersrand, teaching a variety of courses in English Literature and critical thinking for the Department of English Literature and the Academic Development Unit, respectively

University of Leeds, School of English

  • 2016/2017: American Words, American Worlds (Year 2, Semester 2)
  • 2015/2016: Drama: Reading and Interpretation (Year 1, Semester 2)
  • 2014/2015-2015/2016: Writing Critically, Module Assistant (Year 1, Semester 2)

University of the Witwatersrand, Department of English

  • 2012: William Blake: Criticism of Society, Visions of Transformation (Year 2, Semester 2)
  • 2008-2010, 2012-2013: Global Literature and Film (Year 1, Semester 1)
  • 2008-2010: English Literature in Context  (Year 1, Semester 2)

University of the Witwatersrand, Academic Development Unit

  • 2012-2013: CIVN 1004, Critical Thinking Module for first year Civil Engineering students (Year 1, Semester 1)
  • 2012-2013: ARPL 1013, Writing Workshops for first year Architecture students (Year 1, Semester 1)
  • 2011: MINN 1001, Critical Thinking Module for first year Mining Engineering students (Year 1, Semester 1)

Other relevant experience

  •  2016/2017: Postgraduate Engagement Intern, Leeds University Union

Outreach

  • RIXA 2015/2016
  • Participant in LUCAS African Voices School Days project, 2014-2016