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Professor Paul Young

Research supervision

As the below list of students indicates, I am interested in supervising PhD projects in many different areas of Victorian literature and culture, as well as cultural forms, phenomena and discourses associated with other historical phases of globalization. I supervise projects that are registered within the Department of History as well as English. These projects draw particularly upon Exeter’s rich C19th archival holdings as well as the scholarly expertise to be found respectively in the Centre for Victorian Studies (, the Centre for Imperial and Global History (, and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health ( The majority of my students use their work in order to engage in interdisciplinary discussions and debates.


Research students

Current PhD students (principal or co-supervisor):

Gavin Davies. ‘A Chequered Past: Nineteenth-Century Board Games, British India and Imperial Socialisation.’ SWW DTP (AHRC) Studentship.

Ellena Deeley. ‘Entwined Bodies: Conjoined Twins and Bodies Politic.’ SWW DTP (AHRC) Studentship.

Ash Gannicott. ‘Alien Communication: Sign Language and Worldly Encounters in Fiction, 1719-2018.’

Molly Ryder Granatino. ‘Building Realism: Architectural Metaphor in the Mid-Victorian Novel.’

Beth Howell. ‘Envisioning the Isles: Literature and the Isles of Scilly, 1850-1965.’ Eden Phillpotts Memorial Scholarship.

Marc Ricard. ‘Fantastical Flora: Vegetal Imaginaries in Victorian Fin de Siècle Literature.’ SWW DTP (AHRC) Studentship.

Fiona Schroeder. ‘The Final Frontier: Extraterrestrial New Worlds and Anglophone Adventure Fiction, 1870-1914.’ SWW DTP (AHRC) Studentship.

Recently completed PhD students:

2018. Simon Magus. ‘Rider Haggard and the Imperial Occult: Hermetic Narrative and Romantic Contiguity.’

2016. Gina Hunter (Co-supervised with Prof. John Plunkett). ‘Economic Expansion and Geographical Affect in Mid-Nineteenth Century British Fiction.’ AHRC Doctoral Studentship.

2014. Jessica Allsop. 2014. ‘Curious Objects and Confounded Collectors: Men, Markets, Museums and the Curiosity Complex.’ University of Exeter bursary.

2012. Sascha Klement (Co-supervised with Prof. Gerald Maclean). ‘Representations of Global Civility: English Travellers in the Ottoman Empire and the South Pacific, 1636-1863.’ University of Exeter bursary.