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Handley, Janet

Stipendiat engelsk litteratur


I am a PhD fellow in English Literature. My research project, “Sharpening the Moral Imagination”: Political Violence and the Ethics of Reading, investigates four contemporary novels that portray various forms of political violence. The analysis takes place on two levels: through close readings informed by existing theories of ethical reading and phenomenology, and through a qualitative analysis involving reading groups. The current period of Covid-19 and successive lockdowns has led to a surge in reading, online book-clubs and other reading groups. It is therefore a key moment to consider what reading brings to individual and social lives and what questions that raises for reading “difficult” texts, such as the ones I am studying.

I am a member of the research group Interdisciplinary Phenomenology and the ReadRespond project on Literature, History and Human Rights at UiT.


  • Handley, Janet. A Script for the Witch: Witches' Voices in Two British Dramas. Preternature Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural 2019; Volum 8 (2). ISSN 2161-2196.s 202 - 230.s doi: 10.5325/preternature.8.2.0202.
  • Handley, Janet. "Sharpening the Moral Imagination": Political Violence and the Ethics of Reading.. Interdisciplinary Phenomenology: Works in Progress seminar 2021-06-17 - 2021-06-18 2021.
  • Handley, Janet. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie - Response. (fulltekst) 2021.
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