Postgraduate Student Member
Christopher Owen is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University under the supervision of Professor Farah Mendlesohn. He is an editorial assistant for the next edition of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, edited by Helen Marshall and published by Undertow Publications (2017), and he is the reviewer of children’s fantastika literature for Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association.
Christopher’s current research employs poststructural and cognitive poetic approaches to works of contemporary children’s fantastika literature in order to investigate the construction and role of systemic oppression in fictional worlds. His research is developing a method for identifying both the presence of systemic oppression in any fictional world, as well as how that oppression shapes a text’s meaning through different rhetorical, Narratological and linguistic strategies in ways that can cut across ostensible narratives of social justice.