PhD student (IN3-UOC)

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Clara Ballart

Clara Ballart has a degree in English Philology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2018), an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Postcolonial Studies of South Asia (2019) and an MA in Social Policy and Community Action from the School of the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP), in Barcelona (2020).

Her research is focused on the sociological aspect of narration, and in how the formal elements of narratology have an impact on reading. The political factor of fiction continues to be central in her investigation: firstly, linked to the Indian libertarian and socialist movements, and currently in contemporary fiction that is censored or that thematizes censorship. Human rights violations in literature have been and continue to be the framework in which Clara develops her studies. In parallel, she has worked on the development of public policies, with an interest in the scope, legitimacy and social impact of the measures.

Her doctoral thesis will study the phenomenon of censorship in the contemporary global novel both from its direct effect on the distribution of works from non-Anglophone markets and in the thematization of the violation of the right to freedom of expression. Her research wants to connect her studies of Literature and Human Rights with the perspectives of the Global Novel.