Our Current and Recent Research Students
We host a thriving postgraduate community. The profiles of some of our current research students can be found below; some of our researchers can also be found on Twitter. Our PhD graduates produce theses across a wide range of fascinating topics, before going on to establish careers in academia and elsewhere.
Ms Suzannah V. Evans
My doctoral thesis, provisionally entitled ‘Hearing Laforgue in T. S. Eliot,’ investigates T. S. Eliot’s prolonged engagement with the writing of the avant-garde French poet Jules Laforgue. Grounded in close readings of Eliot’s poetry and criticism, this will be the first full-length study to assess Laforgue’s role in shaping Eliot’s poetic voice, challenging scholars to reconceive the transnational acoustics of modernism. I hope to examine how transcultural and multilingual exchange are crucial to the development of avant-garde poetry in the twentieth century. This work is supervised by Professor Jason Harding and Dr. Sam Bootle, and funded by the AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.
This research builds on my MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture which I completed at the University of York, supported by a Departmental Postgraduate Award. My dissertation, which won the Philip Brockbank Prize, was entitled ‘Revelations and Revaluations: T. S. Eliot and Laforgue’. Prior to this, I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a First Class MA Honours degree in English and French.
I have presented research on modern poetry at various conferences in the UK, and most recently at the 2018 Society of Dix-Neuviémistes international conference in Newcastle, where I gave a paper on Laforgue’s reception in France and abroad. In addition to this, I am a Research Assistant in the department of English at Durham, aiding Professor Mark Sandy with a co-edited collection of essays entitled Unsettling Presences: Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism. I also run a weekly T. S. Eliot reading group for staff and students.
I have a strong interest in literary journalism and write frequently for publications including the Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, and New Welsh Review. A selection of my poems was longlisted for the 2018 Ivan Juritz Prize for creative responses to modernism, with other poems published widely, and I am Reviews Editor for The Compass poetry magazine.
‘“Let’s take a walk”: Frank O’Hara the flâneur’. Peer English 11 (2018)
‘“Throbbing on taut ear-drum”: The Acoustics of David Jones’s In Parenthesis’. Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English, no. 31 (2015)
AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Centre Studentship (2017-20)
Department of English, University of York, Philip Brockbank Prize. For highest mark achieved across all taught English MA dissertations and essays (2016)
Department of English, University of York, Departmental Postgraduate Award. For academic excellence (2012)
News Feed: Recent Theses
The Edge of Time: The Critical Dynamics of Structural Chronotopes in the Utopian Novel
LOHMANN, SARAH,ELIZABETH (2020) The Edge of Time: The Critical Dynamics of Structural Chronotopes in the Utopian Novel. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
The View from Somewhere: Ambivalence in The Fiction of Jonathan Franzen and Amitav Ghosh
CHOU, MEGUMI,GRACE (2019) The View from Somewhere: Ambivalence in The Fiction of Jonathan Franzen and Amitav Ghosh. Unspecified thesis, Durham University.
Anarchy and the Violet Hour: Eve, Adam, and the Cult of the Individual in The Waste Land
BRANNIGAN, WILLIAM,KIERAN (2020) Anarchy and the Violet Hour: Eve, Adam, and the Cult of the Individual in The Waste Land. Masters thesis, Durham University.
Musicality and Harmony in Wordsworth's Poetry, 1798-1814
LO, YIMON (2020) Musicality and Harmony in Wordsworth's Poetry, 1798-1814. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
(1 Jun 2020) » Musicality and Harmony in Wordsworth's Poetry, 1798-1814
The Contemporary Novel and the Brain
RILEY, NATALIE (2020) The Contemporary Novel and the Brain. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
(22 May 2020) » The Contemporary Novel and the Brain