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.
Miss Beatriz Lopez
I am a PhD candidate on the project ‘The Political Warfare Executive, Covert Propaganda and British Culture’, based in the Department of English Studies and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. My thesis explores how Muriel Spark’s psychological warfare work for the Political Warfare Executive - a secret service created by Britain during the Second World War with the mission of spreading propaganda to enemy and enemy-occupied territories – has influenced the representation of rumours and deception in her literary work. Using archival materials from the Political Warfare Executive Papers (The National Archives), the Muriel Spark Archive (National Library of Scotland) and the Mass Observation Archive (The Keep), my project brings together history, biography and literary criticism to open up a fascinating way of rethinking Spark’s preoccupation with deception. I am supervised by Prof. Patricia Waugh, Dr. James Smith (PI) and Prof. Jo Fox.
I hold an MSc in Literature and Modernity (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh and a 1st class BA (Hons) in English Studies from the University of Oviedo (Spain). I became interested in Scottish literature during my year abroad at the University of Glasgow and wrote my MSc dissertation on monstrosity in contemporary Scottish fiction and theatre. During my time in Edinburgh, I was an intern at the Scottish Review of Books, a book reviewer for The Skinny and and a peer-reviewer for FORUM (University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts). Before coming to Durham, I worked on the History list at Bloomsbury Academic.
I am currently the convener of the Inventions of the Text Seminar Series 2019/20 in the Department of English Studies, alongside Hope Doherty and Francesco Marchionni.
- (Accepted) ‘‘Dangerous Dreamers of the Absolute’: The Terrorist as Psychological Warrior in Muriel Spark’s The Only Problem and Doris Lessing’s The Good Terrorist‘, The Figure of the Terrorist in Literature, Film and Media, University of Zurich (Switzerland), 8-9 November 2019
- ‘Fabricating Deceptions: Plausibility in WWII British Black Propaganda and the Fiction of Muriel Spark’, BAMS 2019: Troublesome Modernisms, Kings’s College London, 20-22 June 2019
- ‘Muriel Spark and the Politics of Unsentimentality’, Gen(d)eration: Gender and Construction of Subjectivity Workshop, Durham University, 10 May 2019
- ‘Women’s Economic Inequality in Emma Tennant’s Two Women of London’, 6th International Conference SELICUP, University of Oviedo, 15-17 October 2014
- Lopez-Lopez, Beatriz 2017: ‘The Representation of Woman as Nation in the Scottish Literary Renaissance.’ BABEL A.F.I.A.L 25, p. 5-18. ISSN 1132-7332.
- Lopez-Lopez, Beatriz 2015: ‘Women’s Economic Inequality in Emma Tennant’s Two Women of London.’ La Cultura Popular en los Procesos de Transformación Social. Eds. Jimena Pérez Escudero, María del Mar González Chacón and María Mariño Faza. Oviedo: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Oviedo.
Awards and Prizes:
- Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship – The Leverhulme Trust (2018–2021)
- Research Assistant Fellowship in the Department of English, French and German Studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain – Spanish Ministry of Education (2013–2014)
- Award for Excellence in the Erasmus Mobility: Arts and Humanities – University of Oviedo, Spain (2013)
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