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Martha Swift is a doctoral student in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on contemporary autofiction in conversation with theories of world literature. She is interested temporal definitions of 'world' and the textual performance of collaborative literary production, as well as ecocritism and contemporary women's writing. 

She is a current Commonwealth Scholar and a previous recipient of the Rae and Edith Bennet Travelling Scholarship. A further list of her research funding and academic awards is available on her



“‘Imagine the Pacific’: Autofiction and the ‘world risk society’ in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being”. Fiction in the Age of Globalization, University of Tübingen, 20 June 2021. Forthcoming as a chapter in an edited volume from De Gruyter.  

Accepted: ‘‘Hold your story lightly’: reading the relations between reader, writer, and character in Ruth Ozeki’s autofictions". Experimental Life-Writing, University of Wrocław, Poland, April 2022.

Proposed: "Arcs and Spirals: The Gyre as Narrative Structure in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being". American Comparative Literature Association, Annual Meeting 2022.

2020 Commonwealth Scholarship

2019 Rae and Edith Bennet Scholarship

2018 Highly Commended, Global     
         Undergraduate Awards

Percival Serle Prize
         (Best Honours thesis in Literature)

2016 Richard Gunter Prize
         University of Melbourne Dean's         
           Honours List

2015 Rosemary Merlo Prize
         Melbourne Global Scholars Award
         Zatorsky Prize (Ormond College) 
         University of Melbourne Dean's                     
Honours List

2014 University of Melbourne Dean's         
         Honours List

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