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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).
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.
- 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.