MA Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw


Biographical Note

BA in English Language and Literature in 2013 from the University of Zurich, with a minor in Modern History.
MA in English Literature in 2015 from the University of Zurich, with minors in English Language and Gender Studies.

PhD Project

The PhD project, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann, analyses the discursive co-construction of sex and ‘race' in their function as technologies of power in Victorian and Neo-Victorian texts. The focus lies on characters of European and African descent within a British and West Indian/Caribbean context. The theoretical basis for this work is Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality Volume 1: The Will to Knowledge. It is a continuation of the MA thesis entitled "'Race' and Sex - A Foucauldian Approach to Reading (Neo-) Victorian Narratives".