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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Abbie Jukes, BA, MA


PhD Student in School of English and Drama, and in Comparative Literature



I joined QMUL in 2014, where I completed my BA in English and MA in Contemporary Writing. Whilst studying the module 'Ancient Myth, Modern Theory' on my undergraduate degree, I became interested in Antigone in particular, and this was the subject of my undergraduate dissertation. I built on this during my MA, and my MA dissertation focussed on Antigone in contemporary novels.

My PhD research currently examines how Antigone has been received in contemporary adaptations, looking at issues of classical reception and particularly the question of ‘What constitutes an Antigone story?’. Much of my research also involves theoretical discussions surrounding Antigone-Irigaray, Lacan, Hegel, Judith Butler to name a few.

Outside of my PhD, I work as a freelance editor and tutor, and volunteer for Girlguiding - the largest all woman organisation in the UK - as a leader. You can follow on me on Twitter @AbbieMJukes.


Supervisors: Dr Katie Fleming (School of English and Drama) and Dr Rachel Bryant Davies (Comparative Literature, Schools of Languages, Linguistics, and Film)

Undergraduate Teaching

ESH102-Reading, Theory and Interpretation

ESH126-London Global

ESH6000-English Research Dissertation


Research Interests:

Antigone, the politics of classical reception, the contemporary novel, contemporary adaptations of the classical, theory (especially its interaction with the classical)

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