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I studied for a BA in English at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 2010. I then took an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, focusing on poetry, and went on to train as an English language teacher. I taught adults and children for four years in Moscow, Russia, and for one year in Reggio Calabria, Italy. In 2016 I had the privilege of returning to Cambridge to do an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature, working on humility and humour in T. S. Eliot.

My PhD project will tell the story of the Bible and bibles in nineteenth-century Britain and beyond. I hope to investigate what a study of the materiality of the Bible might add to our understanding of the literature and cultural history of this period. This could involve attention to: the history of bible publishing; printing and binding; bible reading practices; bible non-reading practices; annotations and marginalia; the teaching and interpretation of the Bible; translation, adaptation, abridgement and paraphrase; commentaries and critical apparatus; children’s bibles; family bibles; women’s bible reading; education; class; mission; empire.


Other academic interests

Poetry and faith; verse technique; the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel; English language teaching; teaching and learning in theory and practice more generally.

Department: English
Supervisor: Dr Ruth Abbott
College: Trinity
AHRC subject area: Literature
Title of thesis: The Bible as a Material Text in the Nineteenth Century
 Lucy  Sixsmith