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Jemima Paine

MSt Student in Comparative Criticism
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Jemima Paine is studying for an MSt in Comparative Criticism at St Hilda’s College, combining the study of modern literature in French and English. Her research interests centre on postcolonial and Afro-Caribbean literature, and on the focal themes of religious freedom and (in)tolerance.

For her undergraduate degree in English & Modern Languages (Merton College, 2012 - 2016), Jemima produced a dissertation comparing the writing of African-American author and ethnologist Zora Neale Hurston with that of the Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, looking at how each author integrates traditional Haitian folklore into her writing through the refiguring of folkloric characters, the transcription of Haitian Creole and the staging of Vodou ritual.

Jemima first became interested in the relationship between law and literature whilst translating into French the autobiography of Majed el-Shafie, founder of the organisation for religious freedom One Free World International (onefreeworldinternational.org).