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English Literature and Creative Writing

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Postgraduate research

PhD programmes in English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing

Our research degrees (PhD, MPhil) can be taken in any of the School's disciplines. We can offer a very wide range of supervision, thanks to the diverse expertise of our academic staff. We also have a strong record of success in joint supervision, where a PhD student works with two supervisors who have complementary specialist fields.

Research excellence

The excellent achievement of English Literature and Creative Writing in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) reflects our commitment to excellence in traditional research strengths as well as our expansion into new areas. Manchester has one of the richest and most diverse research cultures in the country. We are especially keen that our postgraduates should benefit from the unique experience we offer. Our doctoral research community is large and diverse.

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You'll benefit from a research culture that includes seminars, masterclasses, public lectures, symposia and reading groups.

View our programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.

Programmes

Current PhD Students

Postgraduate researchers in English Literature and Creative Writing pursue a wide range of different topics. Explore the research of some of our current PhD students.

Past PhD Students

Some of the PhD theses our students have recently completed:

  • Natalie Armitage - ‘The Voodoo Doll as Historical and Cultural Artefact’
  • Daisy Black - 'Comic appearances of women as agents of spiritual instruction in late Medieval and Early Modern drama and art'
  • Clara Bradbury-Rance - 'The Queer Lesbian Spaces of Contemporary Cinema'
  • Edmund Chapman - ‘Afterlives: Benjamin, Derrida and literature in translation’
  • Yulin Chen - 'The Invention of History: The Engagement and Construction of the Past by Lesbian Writers of the Late 20th Century'
  • Stephen Gordon - 'The Theatre of Death: Ghosts, Perception and the Funerary Performance'
  • Alexandra Lester-Makin - 'Embroidery and its context in the British Isles during the early medieval period (AD 450-1100)'
  • Ben Moore - 'Invisible Architecture: Ideologies of Space in the Nineteenth-Century City'
  • Valerie O'Riordan - 'Short Story Cycles in the Twenty-First Century: Time and Memory in the Work of Jennifer Egan, Davd Vann and Keith Ridgway'
  • Tasneem Perry - 'Contemporary Resident Sri Lankan Writing: Inherent Hybridity, Enforced Essentialism'
  • Arbaayah Ali Termizi - 'Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in the Eighteenth Century'
  • Burcu Alkan - 'Intellectual Heroes and Intellectuality in Social Realist Novel of Twentieth Century World Literature'
  • M Letizia Alterno - 'A Narrative of India Beyond History: Anti-colonial Resistance and Post-colonial Negotiations in Raja Rao's Works'
  • Fran Alverez - 'A comparative analysis of the palaeography of the manuscripts containing the bilingual version of the RSB written in England'
  • Kate Ash - '"Off quhat nacioun art thow?": The Enigma of National Identity in the Middle Ages'
  • Elizabeth Aucott - 'Interactivity in experimental fiction, hypertext and online gaming environment'
  • Anita Auer - 'Language standardisation and prescription in the eighteenth century: the subjunctive in English and (Austrian) German'
  • Yousef Awad - 'Cartographies of Arab Women Identities: Resistance, Diaspora, and Transnational Feminism'
  • Alan Boyle - 'The Gaelic League, policies of the Irish government in 1922'
  • Erinn Campbell - 'Rhizomes, Realms and Narrative Strategies in The Canterbury Tales'
  • Alison Cort - 'Recent and current change in the modal verb'
  • Kai-Yeung Fung - 'Fyodor Dostoevsky and the representation of epilepsy in the 19th century urbanity'
  • Stella Halkyard - 'Wales and Welshness imagined and represented in visual culture, film and Welsh writing in English, 1936-53'
  • Liam Haydon - '"I sing"? Narrative Techniques in Epic Poetry'
  • Michael Hazzelby - 'Situation Critical: the Situationist International, Herbert Marcuse and Aesthetic Resistance to 1960s Consumer Culture'
  • Matthew Helmers - 'How is the homosexual subject conceptualized?'
  • Angela Lait - 'Work Trauma and Spiritual Recovery: The Search for Solace in Late-Capitalist Literature'
  • Chia-Jung Lee - 'Between Reality and Reflection: Subjectivity as Self and Language as Other'
  • Danielle Nunn-Weinberg - 'Clothing and Textile References in Sixteenth-Century Lancashire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire Wills and Inventories'
  • Rebecca Pohl - 'Alternative Constructions of Space and Sexuality in Recent British Fiction: Sexing the Labyrinth'
  • Hannah Priest - 'Monstrous Subjectivity in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Verse'
  • Adam White - 'The Literary Clare'.