Johanna O'Shea

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PositionGraduate Trainee Tutor
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Johanna O'Shea

Johanna is an Associate Tutor and is completing her PhD which is a study of difference and passivity in Jean Rhys’s fiction. Her research is in the intersection of literature and philosophy, with a focus on twentieth century fiction. Drawing on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, and examining how this body of thought works in relation to Rhys’s fiction and recent feminist and affect theories, her thesis demonstrates how Rhys’s narrative strategies function as ‘acts of resistance’. Johanna has worked as Editor of the Goldsmiths ECL postgraduate journal, GLITS-E and co-organizer of the associated seminar series and conferences.

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Hons.), Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick (2004)
  • MA, Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought, University of Sussex (2010)
  • PhD (Goldsmiths, ongoing)


Johanna has taught on the undergraduate module ‘Approaches to Text’. She is currently completing her PG Certificate in Higher Education and she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy