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Malgorzata Drewniok

Photo of Malgorzata DrewniokMy supervisors are Elena Semino (Linguistics) and Catherine Spooner (English), and the working title of my thesis is “Language characterisation of Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as a Gothic heroine”.

My PhD is interdisciplinary and so are my research interests, mainly stylistic analysis, literary analysis, film/TV studies and the study of popular culture. My research focuses on the language of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with special reference to the characterisation of its protagonist, Buffy Summers. I’m also looking at how the language of the series contributes to its Gothic character.

The idea of the topic stemmed from my personal interests. Having interdisciplinary BA and MA degrees (BA English Studies and MA in English Language and Contemporary Literary Studies) I’ve always wanted not only to combine my linguistic and literary interests, but also to include popular culture studies in my research. Stylistics is my starting point – with a BA dissertation on the proper names of fictional characters in Chronicles of Narnia and an MA one on episode titles in Charmed TV series – but I want to explore various directions.

In July 2009 I attended and helped out with The International Gothic Association Conference held at Lancaster University (21-24 July 2009), for more details on the conference please see

I’m a qualified EFL teacher and have already gained some significant experience. After finishing my MA I taught English in Spain (academic year 2007/2008). In summer 2008 I taught in pre-sessional EAP course at another university, which I will do again in summer 2009.

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