Hello! My name is Maxine and I am second year PhD candidate in English Studies at the University of Stirling. I normally tweet over at @maxinebranagh and I started a blog over the summer (maxinebranagh.co.uk) where I usually write about the PhD process and anything else interesting that pops up.
My research focuses on childhood reading practices in eighteenth-century Scotland. I’m exploring this through evidence of reading experiences such as library borrowers’ records, diaries, letters and marginalia. I’m really interested in the history of childhood and how we interpret this, children’s literature, women’s writing, constructions of gender identity in children and the Scottish Enlightenment. I’d love to speak to you all about the history of childhood and children’s literature.
As well as this, I’m interested in language learning and the role this has in academia. I’m currently learning Gaelic from scratch, but also speak French, German and Dutch and so spend a lot of my spare time trying to keep up my language skills.
I’m also interested in all things digital (though I haven’t learned to write as much code as I would have liked) so I want to explore a bit about what’s happening in digital humanities research and find out how or if you incorporate the digital into your own work in the humanities, including blogging and social media.
In my non-PhD life I like running and keeping fit, eating very tasty food and looking after my new puppy – so expect some chat about those things too!