Current and Recent Research Students
Miss Lalremruati Airawn
Having read English Literature at Delhi University and Mizoram University for my Bachelors, Masters and M Phil, I began my doctoral research in Durham in October 2009 under the supervision of Professor Pat Waugh and Dr. Samuel Thomas. My doctoral thesis is concerned with examining and exploring the concepts of good and evil as represented by Murdoch in relation to theological and traditional philosophical approaches to ideas of good and evil, and also in relation to more recent explorations of these concepts in contemporary philosophical and theological thinking. One aim is to show how Murdoch drew on the resources of fictional form in order to challenge, modify and expose the shortcomings, as well as insights, of the established moral discourses of her time as well as engaging with then emergent discourses of psychoanalysis, existentialism, and the new modes of socialist discussion associated with the New Left. The thesis will seek to situate Murdoch's fiction in the context of contemporary moral thought and explore the ways in which the opening up of fictional form is related to the possibilities of extended moral vision.