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£356,000 award win for Dr Shelley Trower

Dr Shelley Trower of the Department of English and Creative Writing has been awarded £356,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Posted: 28 February 2014

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Dr Trower's has received the funding for her 'Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Reader's Life Stories' project.

In an innovative approach, the Memories of Fiction project will seek out readers's memories of the fictions they have read since childhood. It will look to see how readers make use of fiction in their own life stories and how their memories are transacted with others – does it shape the way they remember individually and collectively? The project will provide a unique body of work on reading experiences to add to archives such as those held by the British Library.

This three year project, worth in excess of £350,000, will be led by Shelley, with a co-investigator, Graham Smith, at Royal Holloway. The funding will allow them to also recruit a research assistant and two PhD students.

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