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Ms Harriet Barratt

Post:Doctoral Tutor (English)
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I am a completing PhD student and Doctoral Tutor in the School of English at Sussex, researching how people relate to and represent material objects in illness. This work spans twentieth-century literature (including Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Patrick Hamilton), psychoanalytic object relations theories (especially Donald Winnicott, Melanie Klein and Christopher Bollas), and the material culture/oral history of medicine. During 2016-17 I was resident in the Science Museum's Medicine team, researching objects in their extensive collections. 

I also work part-time as a Research Officer in Arts and Health on the AHRC-funded ART/DATA/HEALTH project at the University of Brighton with PI Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, working with local communities on the application of data science and art practice to improve health and wellbeing (see 

I have a book chapter on Virginia Woolf and Donald Winnicott coming out in the edited volume ‘Matters of the Mind: Materialities of Mental Ill Health and Distress’ (eds. Anna Lavis and Karin Eli, to be published by Routledge in 2020), and am also part of a collaborative team working on an interdisciplinary monograph with the project ‘Senses and Modern Health/care Environments‘, led by the University of Bristol.

Before my PhD, I worked in academic publishing for Oxford University Press, EU communications in Brussels, public sector bid-writing at the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, and arts partnership development/Widening Participation for the University of Brighton's College of Arts and Humanities. I'm also a member of the BSUH NHS Trust's Onward Arts Group, helping to advise on the arts and culture programme across the Trust (see also Over 2017-19 I will be supporting a Heritage Lottery Fund project designed to preserve the material heritage of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site in Brighton, which is currently undergoing a huge redevelopment.


Twitter: @harrietmb


BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford (2002-05): Double First Class Honours

MA in Issues in Modern Culture (English department), UCL (2005-06): Distinction

PhD at the University of Sussex (Sept 2015 onwards), funded by CHASE, the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts in the South East (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) - see 

4th place in the 2018 Annual World Champion Pea-Throwing Contest, Lewes Arms (Women's Heats)