Ruth graduated with a joint honours BA(Hons) in Politics and English from Aberystwyth University in 2004. After graduating she took time out of academia to gain some work experience before returning to study the MA in Medieval English at Nottingham University part-time, which she was awarded with Merit in 2008. She has continued to work whilst undertaking further study and in July 2014 began her doctorate, also part-time, funded by the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough. She is researching responses to modernity in the writing and careers of the Oxford Inklings.
Ruth’s doctoral research investigates the ways in which members of the Oxford literary society known as The Inklings, most notably J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, respond to modernity by attempting to recover ancient sanities. In particular it considers how these writers use myth and medieval material to counter the alienation and disillusion experienced by many in the face of a changed modern world after the Great War. Ruth aims through this research to provide a new perspective on the work of The Inklings considering them as unmistakeably writers of the twentieth century. She expects to complete her doctoral thesis in 2020.
Dr Nick Freeman, Senior Lecturer in English