PhD English

University of Leeds, 2017 – 2020 (expected)

  • Thesis: Ecomasculinities and the Old West in U.S Fiction, 1970- Present
  • Supervisor: Dr Hamilton Carroll
  • Fully funded by a School of English Scholarship
MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

University of St Andrews, 2014-16

  • Dissertation: Music and Graphic Narratives (distinction)
  • Dissertation described as “excellent and highly innovative” by examiners
  • Achieved the highest dissertation grade and the second highest overall grade within my cohort
BA (Hons) English, First Class

Staffordshire University, 2008-2012

  • Dissertation: European Postmodernism in the Novels of Umberto Eco (first class)
  • Achieved the largest number of first-class modules in my cohort, and for several years
  • Achieved full marks in assignments from modules on Ecocriticism (L6, 30 credits), Gothic Studies (L5, 15 credits) and Magical Realism (L5, 15 credits), and across the full module for Shakespeare: The Tragedies (L6, 30 credits).

Victoria Addis

PhD Researcher

Freelance Writer



  • BAAS Postgraduate Essay Award, British Association for American Studies, 2018 [£500]
    • Awarded for ‘Landscape and Masculinity in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
  • BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize, British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies, 2017 [£150]
  • John Barnard Doctoral Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2017-2020 [£51,000]
  • Writing Mentor, The WoMentoring Project, 2014-2016


Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • ‘Gender Blending and Psychic Phenomena: Forming Ecomasculinites in Gravity’s Rainbow.’ Stefan Brandt and Rubén Cenamor (eds.) Ecomasculinities: Negotiating Male Gender Identity in U.S. Fiction. US: Lexington Books. (Forthcoming).
Selected Reviews
  • Interview with Dominique Scali, author of “In Search of New Babylon.” Western American Literature. (Invited, in preparation)
Selected Blogs


Freelance Writer

Self Employed, 2014-Present

English Teacher and Lecturer

Changsha Social Work College, 2013-2014

  • Prepared and delivered Oral English and Advanced English workshops and seminars
  • Lectured on “English Speaking Countries” (delivered in English); a module examining the history and culture of the US and the UK
  • Prepared individual lectures on “The Gunpowder Plot in History and Popular Culture” and “Music and Landscape: Aaron Copland and Ralph Vaughan Williams”
  • Set and marked presentations, tests, and exams
  • Tutored three students in preparation for a national English speaking competition
  • Co-organised an English Film Club and Choir
English Teacher (TESOL)

Jinghuayuan School, 2013-2013

  • Taught classes of 14-15-year olds at an English summer school
  • Delivered welcome address and closing remarks on behalf of foreign teachers to over 500 staff and students
Advertising and Marketing

Gallery Lofts, 2012-2013

  • Organised local advertising campaigns on the radio and in print
  • Designed and commissioned the production of leaflets, posters, and other promotional materials
  • Updated and maintained the website
  • Maintained social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Proof-reader and Indexer

Henson Editorial Services and North Staffordshire Press, 2010-2012

  • Proof-reading and indexing academic texts (sports science, sociology)
  • Used specialist software such as Textract and Kudu
  • Completed courses “Introduction to Publishing” and “Editing Skills”

Other Activities


“Old West, Now” Podcast and Blog, 2017-present

  • Experience using Skype and Audacity to create podcasts
  • Hosted on Soundcloud
  • Public engagement through social media
  • Twitter: @OldWestNow

“A Hermit’s Progress” Blog & YouTube Channel (from 2015), 2013-2016

Professional Service
  • 2018-present, editorial subcommittee, Alluvium
  • 2017-present, peer-reviewer, ImageTexT 
  • TESOL Certification, July 2013, Xiangtan University