Natalya Din-Kariuki

Natalya Din-Kariuki is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Balliol College, Oxford. The focus of her doctoral thesis is the role of testimony and its ethical, aesthetic, and epistemological aspects in early modern travel writing on the Ottoman Empire. She has interests in literary and intellectual history, rhetoric, and various strands of critical theory, broadly conceived. She is a Rhodes Scholar, and thinks often of the qualities Cecil Rhodes attributed to the ideal imperialist scholar in the original version of his will: ‘smug’ scholarship, ‘brutality’, and ‘unctuous rectitude’ (164). She is determined to never be smug, brutal, or unctuous. Natalya tweets at @endeeekay