Education and Experience
Rose Harris-Birtill is a Doctoral Researcher in English at the University of St Andrews. Her current research brings together post-secular fiction and Buddhist philosophies, investigating the redeployment of Buddhist influences across the complete works of author David Mitchell, and analysing his novels, short stories and libretti as an interconnected ethical world. Using the Tibetan Buddhist mandala, a form of visual scripture which itself maps an ethical worldview, as an interpretive tool by which to map the author’s post-secular world-building, this study broadens to investigate a wider resurgence of post-secular narrative worlds in contemporary literature, discussing Mitchell's works alongside those of Michael Ondaatje, Ali Smith, Yann Martel, Will Self and Margaret Atwood.
Rose has presented her research in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and St Andrews, and her peer-reviewed academic publications include "'A row of screaming Russian dolls': Escaping the panopticon in David Mitchell's number9dream", published in the David Mitchell special edition of SubStance (2015, Issue 136), "'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds" (KronoScope: The Journal for the Study of Time, 2017, in press), and a forthcoming book chapter on David Mitchell’s writing for opera in David Mitchell: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Rose’s research interests include contemporary and twentieth-century literatures and poetics, time, globalisation, experimental and visual narratives, Tibetan Buddhism and diaspora, world literature, global feminisms, literature in performance, Beat Generation writing, speculative fiction, and critical and cultural theory.
Rose is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), an accredited Masters-level professional teaching qualification awarded at the University of St Andrews, aligning with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). She also holds the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) New Scholar Prize, and the Frank Muir Prize for Writing.
Rose is also the lead organiser for the David Mitchell Conference 2017, a one-day international conference on the author's works, held at the University of St Andrews on Saturday 3rd June 2017. See the David Mitchell Conference website for full details.
Prior to undertaking doctoral study, Rose worked for five years as a professional writer in London, writing for national publication for the web, newspapers, and magazines, and has been interviewed for both live and pre-recorded BBC radio and television. Rose holds an MA with Distinction in English Literature from the University of Warwick, and a first-class BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing. See Rose's research profiles on Research at St Andrews and Academia.edu for more information.
EN4406 Contemporary British Fiction. Guest lecturer for final year honours students, designing and delivering the lecture 'David Mitchell's Ghostwritten and Globalisation'. University of St Andrews, February 2016 and February 2017, and seminar teaching assistant, February 2014.
EN3214 The Country and the City in Scottish Literature. Guest lecturer and module assistant for undergraduate Honours students, designing and delivering a lecture on Jenni Fagan's The Panopticon and the panoptic legacy from Bentham to Foucault, and assisting with module design and administration, University of St Andrews, April 2017.
EN1003 Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature. Designed and delivered seminars for first year undergraduates, teaching texts by T.S. Eliot, Emily Brontë, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Jackie Kay and more. University of St Andrews, Autumn – Winter 2015.
EN2004 Drama: Reading and Performance. Designed and delivered seminars for second year undergraduates, teaching plays by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill, Liz Lochhead and more. University of St Andrews, Spring – Summer 2015.
Harris-Birtill, Rose. "'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds." KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time (2017). Print (in press). 7,000 words.
Harris-Birtill, Rose. "Voicing Tragedy in David Mitchell's Libretti: Wake and Sunken Garden." David Mitchell: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. Print (in press). 6,500 words.
Harris-Birtill, Rose. "David Mitchell: Slade House." Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 45.2 124 (2016). Print. 1,500 words.
Harris-Birtill, Rose. "'A row of screaming Russian dolls': Escaping the panopticon in David Mitchell’s number9dream." SubStance 44.1. 136 (2015): 55-70. Print. 7,000 words.
Harris-Birtill, Rose. "David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks." Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 44.1. 120 (2015): 131-134. Print. 1,500 words.
"'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds" presented at Time's Urgency: the 16th Triennial Conference of the International Study for the Society of Time, University of Edinburgh, June 2016.
‘"Right yourself as best you may': Voicing tragedy in David Mitchell’s libretti" presented at Current Research in Speculative Fiction, University of Liverpool, June 2015.
‘"A row of screaming Russian dolls': Escaping the panopticon in number9dream" presented at Current Research in Speculative Fiction, University of Liverpool, June 2014.
'Mitchell's Mandalas' presented at the David Mitchell Symposium, New York University in London and Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, London, May 2014.