Dr Maryam Farahani PhD, MA (Literature), BA (Literature & Linguistics), MSc (Psychology), MA (Education Leadership & Management)

Research Associate English


Personal Statement

Up until my mid thirties, I continuously read languages, literature, linguistics, calligraphy, history, philosophy, education, and psychology. I am passionately interested in the concept of “learning” from a “multimedial stance”. In recent years, I am more involved in work across healthcare management and narratology, contributing to a number of co-edited book projects, reading further into narrative representations of pain. Practical experience of working in NHS England management teams has meant that, in addition to my academic research, I am constantly reading about policies surrounding patient and community care. While strictly focused methodological teaching and learning is of significant importance in humanities, I find multi-speciality and narrative-based approaches equally fascinating and often more effective in my work.

My core literary research speciality is verse narratives of C19th to C21st writers. I also have research interests in healthcare and medical histories as well as narratives of the Romantic period informed by philosophical debates around diseases and conceptions of beauty. I have secondary interest in prose, particularly works concerned with compositionality from an auto/biographical and/or reconstructive-fictive standpoint. I continue to pursue my interests particularly in philosophy, cognition, and complex narratology with a focus on how content, structure, and practice are informed by wider socio-historical factors.

Being a polyglot with multi-field accreditation and cross-disciplinary expertise, I allocate much of my time to a diversified collection of books/journals at any given time, often reading up to 70-100 books in different languages and cultural domains in a year - never more. I particularly welcome high calibre collaborative book projects in our book series with diversified approaches and focused research methodologies re literature, history, psychology, and healthcare.

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Formal peer reviewer for Anthem Press (Publisher invitation , 2019)