PhD Profiles


Emma Bird

My PhD project 'Reconfiguring Bombay: Postcolonial Poetry and Urban Space', considers how Bombay has been figured in poetic discourse since Independence. I focus on the work of the founding members of the small press Clearing House, examining the spatial and cultural significance of marginal poetic communities in the postcolonial city. The project is supervised by Dr Jane Poyner. Wider research interests include postcolonial aesthetic theory, postcolonial methodologies, Bombay little magazines, and poetics.

Bysshe Coffey

Thesis title: ‘The Worlds that Were and Will Be’: Consolable and Inconsolable Voices. The Death Poetry of D. H. Lawrence and Walt Whitman.

Sarah Fanning

"My thesis looks at the filmic and televisual adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, exploring historical and formal questions concerning the representation of masculinity and Rochester and Heathcliff as Byronic figures in their literary and visual incarnations."

Samuel Goodman

'Mapping New Jerusalem: Space, National Identity and Power in British Espionage fiction 1945-79' supervised by Dr. Alex Murray and Professor Gerald Maclean. My doctoral thesis concentrates on the popular prose fiction of Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and John le Carré. I examine the production of space as a means of creating national identity and sovereign dominance throughout espionage fiction. Wider Research Interests:Modernism, Antimodernism, critical theory, the later novels of J.G Farrell & the 1970s, Medical Humanities.

Nick Hall  

I am currently researching towards a PhD focusing on the development of the zoom lens in Hollywood from the postwar period to the rise of the 'New Hollywood'. This research represents a progression from my MA dissertation, which advanced an in-depth case study of the development of new 10:1 zoom lenses by the French firm Angenieux.

Trilby Kent

My thesis 'Writing Outside Voices and Outside History', asks: how can the novel utilise 'gothic' imagined places and un-space to explore post-war guilt and social change? What are the challenges of writing about the remote past and creating believable imagined landscapes? What is the relationship between these lost worlds and the remote inner landscapes of “outsider” characters? What role can we ascribe to female characters in literatures dealing with foreignness and destabilizing encounters with the "Other"?

Philip Lancaster

Philip has reorganised and catalogued the extensive archive of the Gloucester poet and composer, Ivor Gurney (1890-1937), and is endeavouring to complete his thesis looking at the development of Gurney's poetry of war following the First World War, supervised by Professor Tim Kendall. Philip is an acknowledged expert on British art music of the early twentieth century on which subject he has lectured and written widely.

Elizabeth Micakovic

My thesis ‘T. S. Eliot's Voices’, supervised by Vike Plock and Jason Hall, focuses on Eli ot's anxiety over the fallibility of the speaking voice. My wider research interests include historical perspectives on the physiology of the voice and associated speech disorders, and the use of electrotherapy in the treatment of such disorders. I'm particularly interested the oral recitation of Modernist poetry, and the use of voice and rhythm in the transformation and extension of meaning.

Rebecca Mills

My thesis focuses on twentieth-century elegiac geographies, supervised by Jason Hall and Adeline Johns-Putra and funded by the European Social Fund. My thesis examines the littoral elegy and its traditions and conventions, analysing, for example, Sylvia Plath's "Berck-Plage" and Elizabeth Bishop's "North Haven", and the urban elegy, focusing on Douglas Dunn's Elegies and Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters.

Carrie Smith

Thesis titled “Poetry in the Making: composition and poetic process in the work of Ted Hughes”, supervised by Tim Kendall and Jo Gill.

Jos Smith

'An Archipelagic Environment: Rewriting the British and Irish Landscape in the Twenty-First Century', a study of a disparate cross-section of such authors as Tim Robinson, Andrew McNeillie, Kathleen Jamie, Robert Macfarlane and Alice Oswald, among others. The project is supervised by Andy Brown and Andrew McNeillie.

Jamie Steele

My PhD research focuses upon the national film production of Belgium to explore the transnational connections forged between nation-states in Europe, predicated upon a linguistic allegiance.  My area of study is interdisciplinary, blending together French language studies, and ‘La Francophonie’, with Film Studies.

Suzanne Steele

My doctorate is titled, The Art of Witness: a Poet's Road to Afghanistan with the Infantry, 2008-2011. I am examining the ethics, aesthetics and context of non-combatant war artists.  I'm working with Professor Tim Kendall and Andy Brown, and am interested in war studies and military culture, theology, theatre, music, English literature (primarily war poetry), film and middle eastern culture.

Lucy Tunstall

My thesis title is 'After Ariel: Sylvia Plath and Late Style'. Supervisors, Professor Tim Kendall and Dr Jo Gill. More widely I am interested in aspects of influence and intertextuality and in twentieth century British, Irish and American poetry. I had a BAAS short term travel award to visit the Plath archives at Smith College this year.