Narcissistic Devil (About Me)


Owen Emmerson – Doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, funded by CHASE/ AHRC. I am a social and cultural historian, researching the complex negotiations between the public and private sphere that ordinary people made throughout the twentieth-century. I completed both my undergraduate and masters degrees at Sussex, and my current doctoral research is supervised by Professor Claire Langhamer and Professor Lucy Robinson.

My research interests are chiefly driven by life histories across the twentieth century. My current doctoral research is concerned with shifting public and private attitudes toward childhood corporal punishment throughout the twentieth- century. My past research has addressed post-war homosexual identities in ‘provincial’ Britain, the emotions of evacuation, child abuse in Thatcher’s Britain, and public opinions toward re-marriage. Other research interest include provincial prostitution, child labour, and the histories of sound and popular culture.

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