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I am interested in seeing proposals on fiction - the novel / short story collections, creative non fiction - personal / lyric essays, memoir, autobiographies, creative/critical and hybrid forms. I am particularly interested in projects that engage with a 'sense of place' (including the no-place of cyberspace), first person fiction / non-fiction and the instability / unreliability this mode of story-telling engenders, projects that merge fiction with memoir and autobiographical writing or documentary, or ones which use epistolary forms. I am also interested in LDS fiction and fiction non/fiction that engages with religion and religious experience more generally.
I am interested in receiving proposals from doctoral students in two main areas. My recent research has been concerned with place, space and poetry/ poetics - largely, but not exclusively, in relation to Romantic literature and the Lakes, so I would welcome studies in this area. I am also very interested in the study of textual process and the draft materials which precede the published work. I would therefore welcome projects on textual criticism, genetic criticism and the study of manuscripts for nineteenth or twentieth century literature where relevant. I have a secondary interest in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. More traditionally I am able to supervise projects on Romantic writers, particularly Wordsworth.
Alison would welcome proposals from potential doctoral students wishing to work on any aspect of Renaissance drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth century
These could include a wide range of projects, from
(i) single-author studies
e.g. Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, Webster, Ford, Brome
(ii) comparativestudies focussing on the work of two or more writers in a genre or topic
(e..g. pastoral drama by Shakespeare, Fletcher and Lady Mary Wroth, public and private performance arenas in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries (e.g. Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Ford, Midlleton, Brome, The Sidney family circle; Elizabeth Cary, William Cavendish and his family circle)
(iii) scholarly editions of plays from the periodby male or female dramatists(with the potential to develop a proposal to the Revels Plays)
(iv) aspects of theatre history from the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries up to the present
In connection with her co-direction of the Quaker Project, she would also welcome doctoral proposals from those wishing to study aspects of early quaker writing (either scholarly editing or broader discursive analysis, especially with relation to location).
He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches, especially in literature, politics and the visual arts, but his principal fields to date have been Wordsworth and Ruskin, most recently in relation to religion, medicine, the Gothic, visual culture, and education. He would be keen to work with research students who shared his present focus on sacred geographies, Romantic anti-capitalism, cultural tourism and travel writing.
I am interested in receiving high quality proposals from prospective PhD students in the following areas: -Modern Arab literature in English, French or translation. -Palestinian, Lebanese and 'Levantine' literatures. -Postcolonial theory and the Arab world. -Migration/diaspora literature.
I am currently supervising research early modern PhD theses and/or MA dissertations on: biopolitics, gender and outlawry in early-modern literature and culture; desire and disability. Previously, I have supervised early modern postgraduate research on: Thomas Wyatt and mazes; early-modern disability studies; the reformation of sleep in Tudor England; sixteenth-century occult poetics. I would especially welcome research students working on the following aspects of sixteenth-century writing and culture: embodiment; emotions; historical phenomenology; mythology; poetry and prose; spatiality; superficiality; translation, adaptation, and reception. Please contact me if your are particularly interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of these areas.
Catherine has previously supervised nine Ph.Ds to completion on the following topics:
- Monstrous fathers in contemporary film and fiction (with Sociology);
- Literature of the 1984-5 miners' strike;
- The mutilated body and affect in Gothic drama and film;
- Violent masculinities in contemporary Gothic fiction;
- The language of transformation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with Linguistics);
- Catholicism, transnationalism and the Gothic;
- Folk devils in contemporary American Gothic and crime fiction;
- Dandies in cult television, 1960s-present;
- Gothic in contemporary children's fiction.
She currently has ten Ph.D students working on the following topics:
- New media technologies and hauntings;
- Young adult Gothic femininities and contemporary fairy tales;
- Grunge music and the grotesque;
- Turkish Gothic;
- Adaptations of Lovecraft in film and popular culture;
- Penny Dreadfuls and commodity culture;
- Gothic and plastic surgery;
- Gothic and celebrity;
- Menstrual blood and breast milk in feminist art;
- Gothic Cumbria.
Catherine also runs, with Sara Wasson, the Contemporary Gothic Reading Group, which meets several times a term to discuss texts chosen by the participants and is open to all postgraduates and staff across the university. She welcomes Ph.D applications related to any aspect of Gothic literature and culture, or to literature/film and fashion, and is happy to consider interdisciplinary proposals.
I am particularly interested in projects that cross the borders of the academy, fusing both creative and critical research. Projects in writing poetry that involves a depth of reading and that situate bodily experience in a historical/cultural context, including longer narrative verse, would be welcome. I would also be interested in critical projects investigating the prose of contemporary poets, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty or any study relating to phenomenological literary criticism.