Ms Ania Grant

MA Film and the Moving Image, BA English, DELTA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I received my undergraduate degree in English Philology in 2000 from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and my Masters degree in Film and the Moving Image in 2002 from Thames Valley University in London, UK. I have a strong teaching background, having worked as an English language teacher in Poland and New Zealand, a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Auckland, and a lecturer at AUT. I also worked in film and television production in the UK and New Zealand.

Research | Current

Doctoral Thesis: From Mr. Darcy to Mr. Big: sexual selection and female choice in popular narratives for women 

Supervision: Professor Brian Boyd and Professor Joanne Wilkes.

In my doctoral thesis I use the principles of evolutionary and sexual selection theories to examine the concepts of love and choice in a range of iconic texts from Jane Austen’s novels to modern chick lit and television series such as Sex and the City. In my analysis of fictional texts, as well as my attempts to theorize the appeal of such texts to female audiences, I engage with recent scientific insights into human psychology and behavior. In this respect, my project is part of a recent effort within academia to bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences. It is also conceived as an extension of and a polemic engagement with the feminist scholarship regarding romance and marriage plots. At the same time, it explores the possibility of integrating a biologically-based reading of such narratives with feminist politics. 

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 207 Creating Stories

ENGLISH 111 From Sonnets to Comics (2009)

ENGLISH 241 Literature and Science (2008-2009)

ENGLISH 320 Victorian Literature (2014)

FTVMS 204 Media Analysis (2009-2010)

FTVMS 211/309 Watching Television (2009-2010)


Teaching Excellence Award, GTA, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland 2016 (inaugural award)

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2010 – present 

University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship, 2009

University of Silesia Undergraduate Academic Achievement Scholarship 1996-200

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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 650
New Zealand