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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.

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I am happy to supervise students in twentieth-century American fiction and film, and in particular science fiction, gender (especially masculinity) in film, city fictions, and critical/creative and creative writing projects.

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I am interested in receiving proposals from doctoral students in two main areas that form the focus of my own research. These are: explorations of draft materials and process in relation to Romantic and Victorian writers and poets; projects concerned with literary geography or literary mapping in the same period. I am also interested in digital projects centred on these same fields. More traditionally I am able to supervise projects on Romantic writers, particularly Wordsworth, or on the region of the Lake District.

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Englishness, the Bible and Literature; literature and theology; place and space; Victorian literature.

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I am interested in supervising interdisciplinary projects based in British literature from the late eighteenth-century to the nineteenth-century literature and culture, especially interdisciplinary projects involving literature's relation to other media (painting, photography, theatre, film, television, new media, etc.). I am also interested in the theory, history, and rhetoric of adaptation in the humanities more generally.

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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).

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I am interested in supervising projects on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, especially Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Joseph Conrad.

View Michael's profile

I am interested in the West and the Western, fantasy and science fiction including the graphic novel, anything Irish, and longer fiction in general.

View George's profile

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.

View Keith's profile

I would be interested in supervising research projects on seventeenth-century literature, particularly writing from the radical religious sects, and on projects relating to twentieth-century women's writing and/or feminist criticism.

View Hilary's profile

I welcome proposals on: Victorian literature and religion/theology; other aspects of Victorian literature (including the novel, sensation fiction, ghost stories, periodicals, Dickens, Collins, Meynell, and Wilde); the broader relationship between literature and religion since 1800; and the work of G. K. Chesterton.

View Mark's profile

I am interested in supervising projects in short stories, linked short story collections, 'novels in stories' and 'in between' forms. I am interested in writing that has a political focus, as well as novels that merge genre and literary fiction, as well as writing which explores issues of disability and caring. My other area of interest is speculative fiction, especially work that attempts to engage with current science and issues of climate change.

View Zoe's profile

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.

View Lindsey's profile

Composition in fiction and poetry, especially with transcultural emphasis

View Graham's profile

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.

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Lynne Pearce welcomes applications from students working in the fields of: cultural theory, feminist theory, romance studies and mobilities studies..

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Romantic literature and science, medicine and technology; Romantic poetry; literature and science; literature and medicine; animals and literature; Romantic women's writing and science and/or medicine; literature and chemistry; literature and natural history.

View Sharon's profile

Victorian literature; Modernism; life-writing; place-writing; literary theory; post-criticism or critical-creative writing; religion and literature; experimental criticism.

View John's profile

I would be interested in supervising any students whose research topics fall within Modern and contemporary writing in English, but particularly those working on poetry.

View Tony's profile

I welcome PhD applications related to any aspect of Gothic in literature, film, television and popular culture, or to fashion, costume and dress in literature and/or film. I am happy to consider interdisciplinary proposals and projects in creative writing (with a co-supervisor in creative writing).

View Catherine's profile

I welcome proposals on contemporary fiction (British and American); literature and theology; Douglas Coupland; nineteenth-century religion.

View Andrew's profile

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.

View Eoghan's profile

I would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students interested in working on the Gothic, science fiction, medical humanities, trauma theory, or Second World War literature.

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