Dr Beth Guilding

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PositionGraduate Trainee Tutor
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Dr Beth Guilding

Beth Guilding passed her PhD with no corrections in January 2017. Her primary research focuses on literary theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with particular emphasis on the works of Maurice Blanchot and Sigmund Freud. She has recently co-edited, with Simona Corso (University of Roma Tre), Passions: New Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Literature (Peter Lang, 2016). As well as this, Beth is an invited member of the International Network of Comparative Humanities (INCH), funded by Princeton University and The University of Notre Dame. Beth is currently researching philosophies of childhood from the mid-17th century to the present day.

Academic qualifications

  • BA: English with Creative Writing (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • MA: Comparative Literary Studies: Comparative Literature and Criticism (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • PhD: English and Comparative Literature (Goldsmiths, University of London)


  • Approaches to Text
  • Literature in Question: Writing Since World War Two


Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Maurice Blanchot
  • Childhood and depictions of the child in Twentieth Century literature
  • The works of Louis-René des Forêts, Georges Perec, and Marc Bernard
  • Theories of latency
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Literary theory
  • The works of Rothko



Towards the Impossibility of Childhood: Maurice Blanchot’s ‘(A primal scene?)’
Guilding, Beth. Towards the Impossibility of Childhood: Maurice Blanchot’s ‘(A primal scene?)’. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London