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Professor Gerald Maclean

Research supervision

My teaching interests include: Orientalism, seventeenth-century and Restoration literatures, early-modern travel writing, Shakespeare, Anglophone writing and the Ottomans, Milton and the English Revolution, editorial theory and textual criticism, literary theory from Aristotle to Spivak and Said. 

I have supervised successful doctoral dissertations on the following topics: Ben Jonson's Women; Gender Masquerade in Restoration Plays; Thomas Coryate, Travel Writing and Literary Culture in Early Modern England; Literary Ecology and US Culture; Miranda and Caliban After Empire; Female Novelists, Female Readers, Images of Femininity, 1751-1818; Women Writing Epic in England, 1654-1787; The Writings of Nayantara Sahgal; A Critical Introduction to the Writings of Aphra Behn; An Anthropological Reading of John Dryden's Plays; Letters and Letter-Writing in Early Modern England, 1500-1700; Shakespeare's Fairies, Ghosts, Witches and Magic.

At Exeter I am currently surpervising doctoral research on: 'Representing Palestine in 20th century English and American novels,’ ‘Desert Space: Eighteenth-century English Writing and Travel to Greater Syria,’  ‘The Literature of Travel, Exploration and Empire: A Comparative Analysis of English Travels to the Ottoman Empire and the South Seas in the Long Eighteenth Century,’  ‘Depicting Islam in Hollywood Films, before and after 9/11,' ‘Safavid culture and religion in early-modern English writing and thought,’

I welcome applications from students wishing to work on all aspects of early-modern writing and culture in English; pre-colonial Orientalism; East-West cultural dialogues, Anglo-Ottoman cultural relations; Renaissance drama including Shakespeare; Milton and Revolution; Restoration literature and culture; critical theory; feminist theory; cultural studies; travel writing; textual criticism and editorial theory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research students

University of Exeter

Muhammad Sahknini, ‘Desert Space: Eighteenth-century English Writing and Travel to Greater Syria,’ director PhD research, October 2010—

Samar al-Jahdali, ‘Representing Palestine in 20th century English and American novels,’ PhD research, Joint supervision programme with King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 2010—

Sascha Klement, ‘The Literature of Travel, Exploration and Empire:’ A Comparative Analysis of English Travels to the Ottoman Empire and the South Seas in the Long Eighteenth Century,’ director PhD research, October 2009—

Kerem Bayraktaroglu, ‘Depicting Islam in Hollywood Films, before and after 9/11,’ director PhD research, October 2009—

Kate Arthur, ‘Safavid culture and religion in early-modern English writing and thought,’ director PhD research, January 2009—

Douglas Ronald, 'The Symbolic Power of Youth As Represented in The Naval Chronicle (1799-1818),' PhD research, co-supervision with Jeremy Black, Dept of History, January 2009--

Sam Goodman, 'Mapping New Jerusalem: Space, National Identity and Power in British Espionage Fiction 1945-75,' PhD research, co-supervision with Alex Murray, October 2008--

External Postgraduate Research Supervision

2011-12   Dr. Birgül Koçak, Dept of History, Istanbul University: ‘The Effects of Nineteenth Century Philhellenism on the Perception of the Ottoman Image in Europe,’ UK supervisor of postdoctoral research funded by TUBITAK.

2011-12   İrşat Sarıalioğlu, PhD candidate in History at Hacitepe University and lecturer at Gazi University, Ankara: ‘Stratford Canning’s official embassy in Constantinople: 1842-1850’ UK supervisor of doctoral research funded by TUBITAK

2011     Dr. Fuat Ali Örenç, Istanbul University, 'Modern Greece and the role of Great Britain in the re-establishment of formal political relations between Turkey and Greece,' UK supervisor of postdoctoral research funded by TUBITAK

2010    Rafat Ali, lecturer and PhD candidate in English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata: UK supervisor during research on pre-modern pilgrimage narratives and the debates over ‘just war,’ funded by the Charles Wallace India Trust.

2009-2010   Metin Unver, lecturer and PhD candidate in History at Istanbul University: UK supervisor during year of research on Ottoman Lesbos funded by TUBITAK