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Research Postgraduate students

Sara Brio, PhD Student

I am examining Victorian authors' use of Egyptian motifs as a means of exploring and developing views on the afterlife in reaction to traditional Christian theology.
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Mary Chapman, PhD Student

My thesis examines how literature shaped the development of gendered psycho-medical theory in the 19th century. It is interdisciplinary, combining literary studies and the history of psychiatry.
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Christine Chettle, Postgraduate Research Student

I am interested in aesthetics and social transformation in the Victorian period and in links between fantasy and realism.
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Zindaba Dunduzu Chisiza, PhD Graduand

I recently completed my PhD in Theatre Studies. I specialise in Theatre for Development, theatre with young people, masculinities and arts-based HIV prevention.
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Ruth Daly, Doctoral Researcher Teaching Assistant

My PhD is concerned with the relation between experimental women’s writing in Southern Africa and ethical reading practices.
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Charles Eager, Postgraduate Researcher

Renaissance. Classical gods and myth in Renaissance theatre and literature, Renaissance visual culture, classical reception, Shakespeare.
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Emily Ennis, Teaching Assistant in the School of English

I am a recent PhD graduate from the School of English, now working as a postdoctoral teaching assistant. I am also a Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellow in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute
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Michael Flexer, PhD Student

Thesis title 'I am only a response to other people, I have no identity of my own': the authorial battle for an everyday schizophrenic narrative.
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Frances Hemsley, Research Postgraduate Student

Postcolonial literature; environmental humanities; medical humanities; psychoanalysis (especially Didier Anzieu); illness and epidemiology; psychophysiology and the skin.
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Kit Heyam, Postgraduate Research Student

Former PhD student (awaiting viva) and seminar tutor in the School of English. Thesis entitled "Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700". Pronouns: he/him.
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Amber Lascelles, PhD researcher

Caribbean literature; African literature; postcolonial theory; feminist fiction, theory and activism; Marxist analysis.
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Rebecca Macklin, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature

Rebecca Macklin is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds and 2017-18 Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Cornell University.
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Alessio Mattana, Postgraduate Researcher

My research area is the long eighteenth century, particularly the relation between literature and science in Great Britain and the interconnections between Italian and British writers and translators.
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Emma Parker, PhD Candidate in English Literature

Life writing; colonial & postcolonial literature; women's writing; twentieth-century fiction
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Laura Pearson, PhD Candidate (SSHRC and School of English funded)

Contemporary Canadian/North American graphic fiction/comics; visual cultures; postcolonial ecocriticism and animal studies; transcultural/ism theories; environmental humanities
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Samuel Perks, Postgraduate research student

I am examining contemporary Singaporean historical novels' negotiations with economic development and precarity, as literary alternatives to 'the Singapore Story'.
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Charles Roe, PhD Student

I work on the aesthetics and social position of medieval English religious writing, translated across Latin, French, and English.
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Lucy Rowland, Postgraduate researcher

Feminist ecocriticism, material ecocriticism, contemporary women's literature, climate fiction, the environmental humanities.
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Matthew Salway, PhD Research Student

My thesis, entitled "The Pursuit of Character: Masculinity, Legibility and the American Novel," is about character as a political, religious and literary parameter of recognisability in U.S. life.
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Kate Spowage, PhD Researcher

My broad interests include: language policy; language ideologies; linguistic hegemony; language and capitalism; and 'Global English.' My thesis examines the politics of Rwandan language policy.
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Caitlin E. Stobie, PhD Candidate

Posthumanism, new materialism; postcolonial ecocriticism; postcolonial literature; critical animal studies; literature and biology.
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Rachel Sulich, Research Postgraduate Student

Voluntary death; eighteenth-century constructions of the self; the early novel; sensibility; the sentimental tradition; sympathy.
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Julia Tanner, Research Postgraduate Student

*My research explores the relationship between swarms, sensation and subjectivity in the poetry of Jorie Graham and the ethnographic film of Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel.
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Emily Kate Timms, PhD Candidate

Postcolonial Literature and Film (especially indigenous and Caribbean); ageing studies and cultural gerontology; medical humanities; contemporary poetry and 'little' poetry magazine culture
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Hayley Toth, PhD Candidate

I am broadly interested in the writing and reading of postcolonial literatures in English. I am especially concerned with migrant fiction and have secondary research interests in spatial theory.
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Emma Trott, Research Postgraduate Student

My research examines the relationship between language, self and world in the poetry of Jon Silkin and Simon Armitage.
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Arvid van Dam, Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD candidate

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Disaster Studies, Design Anthropology, Environmental Humanities
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Stephen Whiting, Research Postgraduate student

I am researching representations of masculine anxiety surrounding the male reader and writer in late Victorian and early Modernist literature.
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