CMNH welcomes VRF Dr Anna Girling, who will be presenting her research on the political activist, Nancy Cunard.


CMNH is really pleased to welcome Dr Anna Girling as VRF. Anna is currently an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Her work is broadly interested in the relationship between the literary representation and theorisation of community, and the relationship between politics, gender, and literary form in writing from across the twentieth century. She completed her PhD in 2022 at the University of Edinburgh on the American writer Edith Wharton and her engagement with a gay male literary tradition, queer social politics, and literary cosmopolitanism and decadence. She is currently an Early Career Fellow in the Institute of English Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, where she is working on a project about the publication of ‘classic’ American literature during the Cold War.

Anna has also been working on the writer and political activist Nancy Cunard, and in particularly on her anti-colonial journalism in Caribbean and Black US newspapers. She had an Eccles Centre Fellowship at the British Library to work on this and will be offering a workshop on her research on Cunard. Keep an eye out for forthcoming dates!