Ms Claire Quigley

Post:Research student (English)
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I began my PhD at Sussex in 2015. I received an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture from Birkbeck, University of London in 2015, and a BA in English with History from University College Dublin.

My doctoral thesis examines the disruptive and transformative properties of the Weird in contemporary weird fiction. My thesis explores the importance of the Weird mode in contemporary literature, with chapters dedicated to China Miéville, Karen Russell and Jeff VanderMeer. The project also traces a history of weird tales, from H.P. Lovecraft in the first half of the twentieth century, up to the contemporary period. 


I am currently part of a team organising the project "Artificial Lives". This is a multi-disciplinary campaign that considers the effects current and emerging technologies have on how we represent, navigate and conceptualise the idea of "life". We are currently accepting proposals for a conference to be held in later November at the University of Sussex.

Follow us on Twitter @artificiallives or see our website for more details.


Doctoral researcher


2015-Present - PhD English, University of Sussex

2014-2015 - MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, Birkbeck, University of London

2012-2013 - MA Modernity, Literature and Culture, University College Dublin

2009-2012 - BA English with History, University College Dublin



The Novel Q3060, Spring 2017 - Co-Tutor