One of the central roles of the Burgess Foundation is to support new research into Burgess’s life and work. We have hosted researchers from all over the world, and continued to assist them in accessing the archive throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
In recent years, we have collaborated with the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York. PhD students funded by WRoCAH spend a month outside of their regular academic setting to conduct a project of direct benefit to an outside organisation.
Doctoral training with WROCAH focusses on giving researchers the skills and experiences to thrive within or outside of academia, ultimately benefitting the UK economy and society. They take a collaborative approach to this training, working with organisations such as museums, galleries, archives, libraries, heritage organisations, creative industries, publishing, performing arts, and charities.
In 2021, the Burgess Foundation has hosted doctoral researcher Milena Schwab-Graham, who has been working with a series of 18 recordings from the audio archive in order to ensure that the collection remains accessible for future generations of Burgess researchers and enthusiasts.
Milena is a WRoCAH PhD student at the University of Leeds, where she is researching the work of the writers George Eliot, May Sinclair and Sylvia Townsend Warner. She was awarded both her undergraduate degree and her Masters from the University of Liverpool, and has taught British Literature and Culture at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. In 2014, she was awarded the George Eliot Fellowship Essay Prize for her article on Daniel Deronda and Ludwig Feuerbach. She can be found on Twitter @mschwabgraham.
In the latest episode of the Burgess Foundation podcast, Milena talks about her work in the Burgess Foundation Archive and reveals how her research into women writers of the early-twentieth century connects to her research into Anthony Burgess.
The Burgess Foundation Podcast explores Anthony Burgess’s life and work through thematic discussions and interviews with writers, literature experts, and other people who have encountered Burgess and his work in different contexts.
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