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Lisa Kazianka

Lisa Kazianka

Department: Faculty of Education

Supervisor: David Whitley

College: Churchill

AHRC subject area: Education

Title of Thesis: Rewriting a Legend - Depictions of Masculinities in Contemporary Arthurian Narratives for Children


I completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (both with distinction) in English and American Studies in Austria, my home country, with funded study and research visits at Swansea University, Wales and Bangor University, Wales. I lectured and worked as an academic writing coach at two Austrian universities before coming to Cambridge University to complete the MPhil in Education in 2016/17. My MPhil thesis dealt with the epistolary mode in young adult literature. 

My PhD project focuses on gender portrayal, masculinities in particular, in contemporary Arthurian children’s fiction. I find this topic fascinating because traditional material such as the Arthurian legend carries past ideologies while constantly being reinvented and adapted to new concerns and ideals. The texts children read help shape their identity, including their ideas of what it means to be male or female. Paying attention to the portrayal of gender in children’s fiction and children’s engagement with it are thus vital aspects of 21st-century education.