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Gemma Griffiths

Biography

A PhD candidate at Liverpool John Moores University, I recently submitted my doctoral thesis on 'The Politics and Aesthetics of 1990s Punk Women's Writing: Reading Riot Grrrl after Kathy Acker and against the anti-feminist backlash' for examination. My research foregrounds Riot Grrrl as a literary artistic movement, tracing the influence of avant-garde punk-feminist writer, Kathy Acker, in Riot Grrrl zine writing. My study draws upon archival material from The Riot Grrrl Collection at New York University's Fales Library and Special Collections.

My research interests include expressions of third-wave feminism, postfeminist culture and critical perspectives, punk feminism, girl culture, anti-work politics, experimental women's writing, American culture in the 1990s and minor aesthetics in literature.

In May 2019, I won the university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition at Liverpool John Moores University with my presentation, 'Punk Feminism in the 1990s: Foregrounding Riot Grrrl as an Artistic Movement'.

I have experience teaching on level 4 and 5 modules and have been awarded HEA Associate Fellowship status.

Degrees

Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MRes English
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA English Literature

Publications

Thesis/Dissertation

Griffiths G. The Politics and Aesthetics of 1990s Punk Women's Writing: Reading Riot Grrrl after Kathy Acker and against the anti-feminist backlash Tolan F. Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Protests Past and Present: Resistance and Persistence Towards Equality. 2019

Conference presentation:

The Curious Case of Courtney Love: Punk Aesthetics, Feminism, and Flirting with Dominant Culture, Punk Scholars Network Annual Conference, University of Bolton, Oral presentation. 2017

Disidentifying with the Puritan Work Ethic in the Feminist Punk: Kathleen Hanna Mobilises Kathy Acker, Women, Work and Activism: Pasts, Presents, Futures Conference, Newcastle University, Oral presentation.

Riot in the Archive: Preserving a Punk Legacy, English: Shared Futures Conference, Newcastle University, Oral presentation.