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Current PhD theses

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.

We have a large community of doctoral researchers carrying out projects across literature, film, theatre studies and creative writing:

  • Fahmida Akhter - Fragmented memory, incomplete history: women and nation in war films of Bangladesh
  • Mayssa Al-Abas - Hybridity and identity crisis in Arab-American and Jewish American contemporary novels
  • Wafaa Alfares - Illustrations, settings, and characters: a comparative case study of the role of gender in social change in selected novels by Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and Edith Wharton
  • Katya Alkhateeb - Fetishing the dominant culture in migration narratives: examining Azar Nafisi's 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', Bharati Mukherjee's 'Jasmine' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'
  • Zohour Alsabbagh - The evolution of African-American oral poetry
  • Rasha Alshalabi, Dominican-American fiction between 1990 and 2010
  • Joshua (Yit Ho) Ang - Margaret Atwood’s hybrid fictions
  • Eirini Apanomeritaki - The myth of metamorphosis in modernist and post-modernist literature: subjectivity and identity
  • Mona Becker - Hasag: Everyone Could See Us. A play about forced labour in Altenburg and Meuselwitz. Authenticity, authority and the theatrical moment in dramatic representations of the Holocaust
  • Danae Brook - Parallel Worlds: a comparative examination of stage and screenwriting, comprising a stage play and screen play, Brief Lies, and reflective commentary
  • Sarah Casey Benyahia - Memory and time in contemporary Art House cinema
  • Natalia Ciofu - Unconscious 'Insanity' and Involuntary Self-punishment in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (1866), Liviu Rebreanu`s Ciuleandra (1927), Alain Robbe-Grillet`s La Jalousie (1957) and Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor (1985)
  • Elisabeth Collier - The novels of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison
  • David Crane - Collection of short stories set in one English Town, with commentary on short story form
  • Mahmoud Darraj - The problematic of migrant identity formation in Arab and South-Asian writing
  • Stanislava Dikova - Bridging the gulf between the writer and the unknown reader: Virginia Woolf and the ethics of autonomy
  • Elena Dirstaru - Interviewing the interviewee: an interdisciplinary approach to the documentary interview
  • Stephanie Driver - Oulipo and beyond: computer aided constrained writing
  • Yara El-Masry - Representations of political violence in contemporary Middle Eastern fiction
  • Simon Everett - An examination of the migration of meaning and dispersal of trace in revisioning translation
  • Elaine Ewart
  • Madeleine Exell - Contemporary feminist performance in the UK and its engagement with contemporary gender theory
  • Rouba Farah - Death of the female puppet: the adult child in Ibsen's A Doll's House and Strindberg's Miss Julie
  • Joshua Grocott - From Panda-emic to Panda-monium: science fiction novel series with accompanying critical evaluation of creative and research processes involved
  • Adam Hailes - A Midsummer Night’s Dream: pleasure, virtue and fantasy
  • Iman Hami - Female bonding and relationships in the womanist fiction of Alice Walker
  • Paul Harper - The story less told: representation by female authors of the American poor white working-class in the literature of the inter-war years
  • Boshra Hasan - Robert Lowell’s and Sylvia Plath’s confessional art under the stylistic microscope
  • Richard Hornsby - How do contemporary theatre directors approach the rehearsal process and how effective are their techniques and methods?
  • Hsiao-Hsien Hsu - Matter and metaphor in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
  • James Jarrett - Harold Pinter and psychoanalysis
  • Tabitha Kan - The Darwinian abyss: the theory of evolution and renderings of the difference between animals and humans in fiction by Shelley, Melville, Dostoevsky, and Wells
  • Amel Kheirat - The southern belle and her illegitimate child
  • Oliver King - Empire day: modern warfare and the modern war poet
  • Brittany Kuhn - Playing the myth: virtul game immersion in contemporary literature
  • Deborah Landes - Mainz massacres: martyrdom and exile in the first crusade
  • Dennis Lewis - The public voice in poetry
  • Joseph Lyndon - An investigation into the use of shock theatre
  • Majeed Midhin - The dilemma of the artist in contemporary British theatre
  • Fuad Mohamed - Visual musicality and the moving image/Sana’a: Symphony of an Old City
  • Christopher Nawrat - Sports journalism: literature and myth
  • Rene Onyeisi - Theatre as rehabilitation: theatre and prisons
  • Maria-Irina Popescu
  • Emma Saggers - Carnivalesque inversion in the novels and short stories of Kurt Vonnegut
  • Barney Samson - Postwar representations of desert islands in popular culture texts
  • Stephanie Savva - I dream of saltwater and eggs
  • Melissa Shales - Steel safari: Cape to Cairo by rail (where possible)
  • Gabriela Silva-Rivero - The head knows what dwells near the heart: a mythoanatomy of the female body
  • Penny Simpson - Liminal fictions: what literary paradigms exist for the narrating of memory after conflict?
  • Marieke Sjerps - The Leap: moral storytelling and the knight's perspective
  • Lee Smith - A specific elsewhere: locating masculinity in Go and On the Road
  • Jeremy Solnik - Yutuar
  • Lin Su - The Place and embodiment in the poetry of Hilda Doolittle, T.S. Eliot and Elizabeth Bishop
  • Kalyani Temmink - Without Autumn
  • Ian Tucker - Exile, homecoming, and the remembered journey
  • Katja Waschneck - Screening Oulipo: from potential literature to potential film
  • Thomas Waters - Carnality, affect and power in Paul Verhoeven’s Films 1971-1986
  • Carole Webster - The humdrum conundrum, poems and commentary
  • Xinwei Zhu - The enchanted image: the Alice books and transformation of the imagination through visual literacy and the mass media

Completed PhD theses

A list of our department's completed PhD theses can be found on our Albert Sloman Library catalogue, and are available for consultation in the library.

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