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American Studies

Current PhD students

Postgraduate research students in American Studies work on a wide range of topics. Here's an indication of some of the work going on in the programme:

  • Natalia Armitage - 'The Voodoo Doll as Historical and Cultural Artefact'
  • Joshua Gulam - 'Hollywood Philanthropic: The Cultural Politics of Do-gooding Film Stars'
  • David Jones - 'Apart and a Part: Dissonance, Double Consciousness, and the Politics of Black Identity in African American Literature, 1946-1964'
  • Olga Michael - 'Pastiche and Family Strife in Contemporary American Women's Graphic Memoirs: Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry and Alison Bechdel'
  • Joseph Morton - 'Reconsidering the Dream: A Critical Examination of California Historiography and Literature'
  • Gemma Moss - 'Modernist Literature and Musical Form: James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Sylvia Townsend Warner'
  • Katie Myerscough - 'Progressive Plans and Urban Realities in St. Louis, 1890-1930'
  • Janet Rogerson - 'As Obvious as an Ear: Frank O'Hara's Sound'
  • Alicia Rouverol - 'The Narrative Now: A Study of the Use of Time in Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad and Ali Smith's The Accidental'
  • Matthew Stallard - 'New Orleans 1820-1835: Labour, Wealth, Gender, and Slavery'
  • James West - 'Ebony Magazine and the Making and Selling of Modern Black History'