Shellie Audsley

MPhil Student


My interests lie in the link between narratology and poetics—two seemingly irreconcilable models of thinking that are underpinned by sequentiality (textual and/or perceivable)—and hybrid texts that blend and shift between genres, forms and modes. I’ve been most fascinated by the (later) Romantics, whose innovation in genres—among many other ideas—anticipates still more exploration beyond the rigid demarcations between poetics and narratology.

In my thesis, I trace and examine the set of narratological features and aesthetic patterns in the shorter poetic and prose works of Lord Byron, Percy B. Shelley, John Keats and Edgar Allan Poe—all of whom have fruitfully straddled poetry and narrative—in order to distill an aesthetic theory of narrative (or a narrative theory of aesthetics) that uncovers the strategies of these lyric poets in performing and inviting the experience of the sublime in the embedded narrative structure of their poetry.

Supervised by Dr Jessica Valdez.

Selected Publications

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Nineteenth-Century Research Cluster

Faculty of Arts, Run Run Shaw Tower, 

Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Pokfulam, Hong Kong 

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