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Postgraduate research community

This page includes current MPhil and PhD research students with links to their individual profiles. Our Alumni pages are here.

PhD/MPhil students

Medieval and Early Modern

Thomasin Bailey, Second generation Sydney Cycle: The sonnets of Lady Mary Wroth and the network of literary collaboration and patronage around Wroth and the Earl of Pembroke; Supervisors Tess Grant and Elizabeth Clarke

Louise Campion, Devotional Domesticity in Middle English Religious Texts; Supervisor: Christiania Whitehead

Robert Daniel, “Teach me, O Lord, this sacred art”: Puritan Modes of Writing in the Poetry of Thomas St Nicholas; Supervisor:

David Fletcher, Religion and the Restoration Stage; Supervisor David Taylor and Mark Knights

Ronan Hatfull, The Other RSC: The History and Legacy of the Reduced Shakespeare Company; Supervisor: Paul Prescott

Liam Lewis, Translation and Performance Through Animals in Medieval English and French Literature; Supervisors Christiania Whitehead and Emma Campbell

Katie Smith, Ovidian Female-voiced Complaint Poetry in the Early Modern Period; Supervisors: Paul Botley and Elizabeth Clarke

Emil Rybczak, Thomas Johnson and Pirate Printing Practices; Supervisor: Tess Grant

Sophie Shorland, Early Modern Celebrity Culture; Supervisor: Stephen Purcell

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

Chi-fang Chen, The 1790s and the comic; Supervisor Tina Lupton

Rita Dashwood, Women in Residence: Forms of Belonging in Jane Austen; Supervisors Tina Lupton and David Taylor

Sarah Halford, Whiteness in Victorian English fiction; Supervisor: Emma Francis

Sihwa Mun, Rethinking Vegetal Life in Romantic Poetry; Supervisor: Emma Mason

Chiaki Ohashi, Narratives of Displacement: The Refugee Question, Hospitality, and the Victorian Novel; Supervisor: Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Lisa Robertson, New and Novel Homes: Women Writing London's Housing, 1880-1918; Supervisor: Emma Francis


Twentieth Century/ Contemporary

Joseph Shafer, Resistances in Open-Form: D.H. Lawrence in a New American Poetry, Supervisor Dan Katz

Roxanne Bibizadeh, Degrees of Difference: Islam and "Race" in Modern and Contemporary Anglo-Iranian and Anglo-Arab Diasporic Literature; Supervisors Rashmi Varma and Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Natasha Bondre (MPhil), El excremento del diablo: Petro-capitalism and modern oil-cultures within the expanded Caribbean and Latin America; Supervisors Paulo de Medeiros and Michael Niblett

Karen Borg Cardona, Failed Quests in World Literature; Supervisor: Paulo de Medeiros

Lara Choksey, Epigenetics, Evolution, and Doris Lessing's space fiction; Supervisors Stephen Shapiro and Graeme MacDonald

Siyu Cao (MPhil), Performing Post-Britishness: Quest for Ideological Independence in Contemporary Literature of England; Supervisor: Michael Gardiner

Nadeen Dakkak (MPhil), Literary Depictions of Migrants' Experiences in Arab Gulf Countries; Supervisor: Cathia Jenainati

Dominic Dean, The Child and Authority; Supervisor: Thomas Docherty

Roxanne Douglas, Fear and Anger: A Wave in Arab Women's Feminist Writing; Supervisor: Cathia Jenainati

Samantha Horsfield (MPhil), Magic is Might and the Wicked Witch: A Discussion of Difference and Discrimination in Children’s Fantasy Literature; Supervisor: Emma Francis

Julie Hudson, The Environment on Stage: Scenery or Cultural Shapeshifter? Supervisor: Stephen Purcell and Carol Rutter

Demet Intepe (MPhil), Environmental Justice and Writers as Activists in Contemporary Native American and African American Literature; Supervisors: Pablo Mukherjee and Nick Lawrence

Angus Love (MPhil) Taking Part: The Politics and Aesthetics of Participatory Spectatorship; Supervisors Stephen Purcell and
Thomas Docherty

Jenny Wing Haang Mak, Narrative and Body in Modern and Comparative World Literature, Supervisors Rashmi Varma and

Thomas Docherty

Claudio Murgia, Violence, identity and responsibility in contemporary global fiction; Supervisor: Thomas Docherty

Wen Lee Ng (MPhil), A Psychoanalytic Study on Motherhood and Daughterhood in Chinese American Contemporary Fictions; Supervisors: Elizabeth Barry and Ross Forman

Leah Phillips, YA Fantasy's Myth (Un)Making: Reconceiving the Adolescent Female Body; Supervisors Emma Francis and
Rachel Moseley

Qiao Qingquan, The image of China in the early 20th century: Dickinson, Russell and Maugham, Supervisor Ross Forman

Katja Laug, Cormac McCarthy's Mementos of the Broken Body; Supervisors Nick Monk and Thomas Docherty

Thirayut Sangangamsakun, Rewriting Victorian Love and Sexuality in Thailand during 1900 - 1935; Supervisor: Ross Forman

Martin Schauss, Material Narratives in Samuel Beckett & W.G. Sebald; Supervisors: Daniel Katz and Nick Lawrence

Jungju Shin, "Representation of Asian(American) Masculinity in US and Anglophone Literary and Cultural Texts"; Supervisor Ross Forman

Robert Starr, Nailed to the rolls of honour, crucified': Irish literary responses to the Great War; Supervisor Liz Barry

Sita Thomas, Multicultural Shakespeare: 1930-2012; Supervisor Tony Howard

Stephanie Tillotson, The late 20th and early 21st century theatre practice of women playing the traditionally male roles in Shakespeare; Supervisor Carol Rutter

George Ttoouli, Twentieth Century US Serial Poetic Form and Ecopoetics: Supervisor Nick Lawrence

Freya Verlander, Skin(s) in Spectatorship, Supervisor Liz Barry

Milly Weaver, Visuality and the Contemporary Novel; Supervisor Tina Lupton

Di (Dee) Wu, The Reciprocal Gaze at the "Exotic" Other: Oscar Wilde and China's Modernisation; Supervisor Ross Forman

Christopher Yiannitsaros, Deadly Domesticity: Agatha Christie's 'Middlebrow' Gothic, 1930-1970; Supervisor: Emma Francis

James Wills, Fictions of (in)justice: Interrogating the Lawyer of America's Post-War South; Supervisor: Mark Storey

Colonial and Postcolonial

Sourit Bhattacharya, History, Crisis, and Literary Form: Realism and the Indian Novel 1944 - 1984; Supervisors Neil Lazarus

Pablo Mukherjee

Giulia Champion, The Empire Bites Back: Literary Cannibalism in African, Caribbean and South American Rewritings of the 'Western Literary Canon' Supervisors: Neil Lazarus and Fabienne Viala

Christine Emmett, Politics of racism, rivalry and (dis)identification in South African literature: Re-reading apartheid from Millin to Wicomb; Supervisor Neil Lazarus

Fiona Farnsworth, Education, Authority, Opportunity: West African Women’s Writing in the World Post-1980; Supervisor: Neil Lazarus

Gurpreet Kaur, Women and Environment: Postcolonial Ecocriticism and Ecofeminism in Indian Novels in English, Supervisor: Rashmi Varma

Divya Rao, Who Can Represent the Dalit? Reframing Dalit Literary Criticism through the Lens of 'Representation', Supervisor: Rashmi Varma and Neil Lazarus

Emanuelle Santos, Intra-colonial praxis of Portuguese-speaking Africa; Supervisor: Paulo de Medeiros

Madeleine Scherer, Mnemonic Refiguration: The Graeco-Roman Underworld in Ireland and the Caribbean; Supervisor: John Gilmore and Liz Barry

Critical and Translation Theory

Heba Elmasry, A Comparative Study of Arthur John Arberry and Desmond O'Grady's Translations of the Seven Mu'allaqat; Supervisor: Cathia Jenainati

Birgit Breidenbach, The Role of Mood in the Literature of Modernity; Supervisor: Thomas Docherty

Catherine Charlwood, Models of memory: cognition and cultural memory in the versification of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost; Supervisor: Liz Barry

Kieran Gallagher, Cultural Materialist Readings of the Contemporary British Social Novel; Supervisor: Michael Gardiner

Eddie Shengchi Hsu, Gender and sex in the English translations of selected Taiwanese literary works; Supervisor: Chantal Wright

Monica Martin-Castano, AV translations of songs from family and children's films; Supervisor: John Gilmore

Robert Stock, Giving voice to translation: a new perspective on celebrity translators in the theatre; Supervisor: Chantal Wright

Andrew Stones, Signs, Lines, Machines: Deleuze, World Literature and the Writing of the Non-Human; Supervisor: Michael Gardiner