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Shakespeare wrote negative propaganda against Richard III?

Professor Philip Schwyzer discusses the notion that Shakespeare deliberately wrote negative propaganda against Richard III after his death. 

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The Departments of English and Film at Exeter are centres of excellence for teaching and research across a broad and diverse range of interests within our disciplines. We are a dynamic and friendly team who offer intellectually challenging and wide-ranging teaching, and a flourishing research culture.

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We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 80 PhD students in Film and English, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.

Student Research title Lead supervisor
Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth Willing women: testamentary texts and the creation of female identity in the early modern southwest Dr Johanna Harris
Muhamet Alijaj Accepting the Unknown to be Know and Be Known: Paranormal Non-Fiction in Dr Joseph Crawford
Helen Angear Thomas Hardy and Heritage Professor Angelique Richardson
Aygul Bakanova Women in Central Asian Cinema Dr Helen Hanson
Stephanie Boland Off the beaten track: rural landscapes in conflict in modernist writing of the south west Professor Regenia Gagnier
Zoe Bulaitis The role of the academic in popular culture: the impact of fiction and film upon humanities scholarship in Britain Professor Regenia Gagnier
Peter Bunten The Life-Writings of Henry Williamson. Professor Tim Kendall
Elisa Cepedal The Cinema of Resistance: Realist Construction in European Film! Dr James Lyons
James Chambers The Strange Home project: towards a distinctive, 'authentic' contribution to Scottish cinema grounded in community folklore. Dr Joe Kember
Bysshe Coffey Distraction: The Drama of Sounds in the Poetry, Drama and Translation of Percy Shelley. Dr Corinna Wagner
Sophia David Ecoliterature. Professor Regenia Gagnier
Ellena Deeley Dr Paul Young
Hasnul Djohar Cultural Translators in Contemporary Muslim-American Fiction. Dr Sinéad Moynihan
Mia Dormer A study of the Evolution of Detective Fiction in Relation to Forensic Science/Medicine Professor Andy Brown
James Downs Ministers of the 'Black Art': the uses of photography by the clergy in Britain, 1839-1909 Professor John Plunkett
Helena Drysdale State of Emergency: A journey across Greece in the footsteps of George Bowen, traveller, statesman and Philhellene. Dr Daisy Hay
Philippa Earle Monism and Hybridity in Milton's Literary Forms Professor Karen Edwards
Gemma Edney The Sounds of Silence: Voicing Girlhood in Contemporary French Cinema Dr Fiona Handyside
Tom Fallows "Survival of the Dead": Manufacturing Independence in the American Film Industry. An Exploration of the Political Economy of Laurel Entertainment, 1974-1988. Dr James Lyons
Acatia Finbow An exploration of the value and place of re-performance documentation in the contemporary art gallery archive. Professor Gabriella Giannachi
Harry Ford Indigenous Shakespeare and Botanic Creation. Dr Felicity Henderson
Stephen Gallagher A pious pursuit of paradise: The patronage of secular and religious monuments by Seljukid Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I (1220-1237). Professor Emma Loosley
Emma Geen
Pierrealain Giraud The work of Darius Khondji: Cinematographic authorship in contemporary cinema. Professor William Higbee
David Goodchild Adapting Lovecraft Dr Helen Hanson
Dominique Gracia From Art to Life (and Back Again): The Triumph of Medusa over British Aestheticism Professor Regenia Gagnier
Molly Granatino 19th Century British literature, the psychology of space in the Victorian novel, George Eliot. Dr Paul Young
James Green Nerves, Networks, and Delay: Physiology and the Sensation Novel Dr Corinna Wagner
Christopher Grosvenor Cinema on the Frontline: A History of Military Cinema Exhibition during WWI and WWII. Dr Joe Kember
Lauren Hayhurst The Nameless: A creative and critical investigation into Muslim women and the issue of 'honour' in Britain. Dr Sam North
Jacqueline Hopson Exploring representations of the Psychiatrist in Modern English and American Fiction Professor Laura Salisbury
Christina Lake A Study of Eugenics in Utopian Fiction Professor Angelique Richardson
Alice Levick Narrative representations of American urban space from 1920-1960. Professor Jo Gill
Na Li Translating Women in Republican China (1911-1949) Professor Regenia Gagnier
Kate Limond Mocked with Art: Narrating Subjectivity in the fiction of A. S. Byatt. Dr Ellen McWilliams
Cristina Locatelli Exeter-Tate Digital Humanities Project Professor Gabriella Giannachi
Sally Long Professor Andy Brown
Barbara Marshall Literary dialogue in the New Europe. Professor Regenia Gagnier
Rebecca Marshall Presenting The Self: Michel de Montaigne and Essay Film. Dr Fiona Handyside
Kristy Martin The of women in erotic literature both as writer and object. Is it possible to own language whilst unable to 'own' the phallus Dr Jana Funke
Errol Mattera The Challenge of Identity and Representation in Cinema: A case study of South Africa Professor William Higbee
Pauline McGonagle Investigating the Work of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Dr Florian Stadtler
Gillian Moore The representation of the Material Culture of Big Game Hunting in the Age of Empire. Professor John Plunkett
Michaela Morning Exploration of the notions of surrealism in Czech cinema. Professor William Higbee
Cristina Mosconi Creating a Future for the Past of Bristol: A geo-located audio tour for the medieval period of the city. Professor Fabrizio Nevola
Rachel Murray
Imola Nagy-Seres 'Feeling with you': Rethinking Empathy in the Later Novels of Ian McEwan Dr Kirsty Martin
Daniel Passes Beyond the Pastoral: Producing Rural Cinema in Contemporary Britain. Dr Fiona Handyside
Joan Passey The West Barbary Barbarian: Identifying a Cornish Gothic in Nineteenth Century Britain Professor Nick Groom
Joshua Powell Perception, Affect and Cognition in Samuel Beckett's Late Period Professor Laura Salisbury
Mark Rawlins The 'Wessex novel' after Hardy (1895-1914): How writers used Hardy's Wessex to explore environmental issues. Professor Angelique Richardson
Sofia Romualdo De Carvalho Playing with heritage: a historical and practical investigation of gamification in the heritage museum Professor Gabriella Giannachi
Denise Ross Sacred wells: Understanding survivors of cultural change Professor Philip Schwyzer
Rocky Ruggiero Santo Spirito Professor Fabrizio Nevola
Barbara Santi Representing local Cornish cultural identity: Community collaboration, archives and emerging documentary practices Professor Nick Groom
Jack Sargent Anglo-American Gay Nostalgia: Desiring and Writing the Queer Past in Gay Literature Post-1990 Dr Kate Hext
Tamara Sharp Novel: The High Lonesome. Critical essay: Who made the eyes but I?: relocating the sublime in a post-secular world. Dr Jane Feaver
Paul Slade Italia Riconquistata: Italy's role in Milton's Poetic and Intellectual Development from the Early Poems to Paradise Lost Professor Karen Edwards
Anna Sowa The Role of the Producer in Collaborative Documentary Filmmaking Professor William Higbee
Sabine Starmanns Deconstructing Middle Age: Sexuality, Representation and the Midlife Woman in Dr Helen Hanson
Alison Stone Contemporary British poetry and objectivism Professor Andy Brown
Leonie Thomas Wireless Women: Listening In to Forgotten Female Voices at the BBC, 1922-1955 Dr Vike Martina Plock
Ana Tomcic Uncanny Subjects – Social Violence, Psychoanalytic Justifications and Modernist Literary Subversions Professor Laura Salisbury
Esther Van Raamsdonk The Influence of the Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Seventeenth Century on the Works of Andrew Marvell and John Milton Professor Nicholas McDowell
Philip Wallinder John Trevisa and the gospel of Nicodemus. Professor Eddie Jones
Charlotte White Ronald Duncan's Rural Devon: Place and Identity in the West Country Professor Nick Groom
David Whitehouse Allegory in Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' Professor Regenia Gagnier
Lorna Wilkinson The Trickster in Twentieth-Century British Literature Dr Kirsty Martin
Paul Willis Sir Joshua Reynolds: Sketchbooks to Genius Professor Melissa Percival
Robert Yeates The Brown Fog of a Winter Dawn: The Zombie Double of the Modern Metropolis Dr Paul Williams
Aygul Bakanova Women in Central Asian Cinema Dr Helen Hanson
James Chambers The Strange Home project: towards a distinctive, 'authentic' contribution to Scottish cinema grounded in community folklore. Dr Joe Kember
Pierrealain Giraud The work of Darius Khondji: Cinematographic authorship in contemporary cinema. Professor William Higbee
Rebecca Marshall Presenting The Self: Michel de Montaigne and Essay Film. Dr Fiona Handyside
Michaela Morning Exploration of the notions of surrealism in Czech cinema. Professor William Higbee