Graduate Directory--Jacqui Weeks
is completing her final year as Ph.D. in the English Department with a graduate minor in Gender Studies. She is currently completing her dissertation "Fairies, Fairy Tales, and the Development of British Poetics." Her research connects the use of fairies and fairy tales in twentieth century poetry to the development of British colonial nationalism and the early development of what would become literary theory and in the late Victorian period. She is particularly interested in the way that poets have appropriated fairy tale language to talk about issues of trauma, alienation, and metamorphosis.
Weeks arrived at Notre Dame with a Mellon Fellowship, and has gone on to win four other fellowships and more than twenty-five travel and research grants. She has also delivered ten conference papers related to her dissertation research. In 2008, she won the Kenneth Davis Award for Folklore Studies for her paper "'The North Wind of the Fairy Stories Ringing in My Ears': Fairy Tales in the Poetry of Anne Sexton and Susan Howe." In 2010 she was honored with the Dondanville Family Graduate Award in Arts and Letters for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.
At present, she has two forthcoming peer-reviewed papers "Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: (Re)forming Mythic Female Bodies in Twentieth Century Irish Poetry" (in Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and "Un-/Re-Productive Maternal Labor: Marxist Feminism and Chapter Fifteen of Marx’s Capital" (Rethinking Marxism) which are expected later this year. She has also contributed an essay titled "Eoin McNamee's Resurrection Man: A Critique of the Troubles Thriller and the Historical Text" to the collection Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies, published "'Blithe Dislocation': The Spectacle of Metafiction in John Banville's Birchwood" in the British journal métier, and contributed reviews to both International Research in Children’s Literature and Jacket.