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Supervision can be offered on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Irish, South African, or American Literature
  • Literary theory
  • Modern textual editing
  • Historical fiction
  • Popular fiction
  • Crime fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Flash fiction
  • Postcolonialism
  • Gender studies
  • English language and linguistics, particularly discourse analysis/stylistics, language and the media, corpus linguistics
  • Creative writing

For detailed lists of the subjects covered, see the individual profiles on the Staff page, and feel free to make an informal enquiry with a tutor.

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Current PhD students are researching, for example:

  • Scopophilia in the fiction of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood
  • Femininity in British Crime Fiction
  • Spatial theory in Crime Fiction
  • Heroic Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle Adventure Narratives
  • Headwear in the Works of British Authors of the Early 20th Century
  • My Friend, The Queen: Writing a Historical Novel
  • Shropshire’s Feminist Novelists, Mary Cholmondeley and Mary Webb
  • Intertextual Relations between the Works of Coleridge and Eliot
  • The novels of Patricia Highsmith

Recently graduated PhD students have written theses on, for example:

  • The Fiction and Fictionalising of William Carleton
  • Anthony Trollope in Ireland
  • The Ideology of Separate Spheres in Nineteenth-Century British Travel Literature
  • The Resonant Fictions of Sarah Waters
  • Gender Disruption, Rivalry, and Same-Sex Desire in the Work of Victorian Women Writers
  • Shakespeare’s Unruly Female Characters
  • The Woman Author-Editor and the Negotiation of Professional Identity, 1850-1880
  • Chimera: Writing a Historical Novel
  • The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • The Radical Voices of Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Oliphant