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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Recent Successful PhD Theses

We host a thriving community of around 75 PhD students, researching across all periods of English as well as across disciplines. The diversity of areas we supervise can be seen by looking at some of their recent, successfully-completed theses (a fuller listing can be found at Durham e-Theses). Also see the profiles of our current research students.

News Feed: Recent Theses

Virginia Woolf and Ecstasy: Feeling Beside Oneself to Touch the Thing Itself

HARRIS, ANGELA,CATHERINE (2019) Virginia Woolf and Ecstasy: Feeling Beside Oneself to Touch the Thing Itself. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(20 Sep 2019) » Virginia Woolf and Ecstasy: Feeling Beside Oneself to Touch the Thing Itself


‘To Keep Alive the Heart in the Head’: Versions of Transcendence in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Poetry 1796-1817

TAI, SHUET,YIN,SHARON (2019) ‘To Keep Alive the Heart in the Head’: Versions of Transcendence in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Poetry 1796-1817. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(14 Aug 2019) » ‘To Keep Alive the Heart in the Head’: Versions of Transcendence in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Poetry 1796-1817


Another Kind of Light: A Loving Attention in Modern British and Irish Fiction

LEE, CHERYL,JULIA,WEI,LING (2019) Another Kind of Light: A Loving Attention in Modern British and Irish Fiction. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(14 Aug 2019) » Another Kind of Light: A Loving Attention in Modern British and Irish Fiction


‘Y slepe, and myn herte wakith’: Music and Visual Art in Middle English Dream Visions

KUNTZ, KOREN (2019) ‘Y slepe, and myn herte wakith’: Music and Visual Art in Middle English Dream Visions. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(7 Jun 2019) » ‘Y slepe, and myn herte wakith’: Music and Visual Art in Middle English Dream Visions


Re-evaluating the Representation of Saracen Women in Middle English Romance: Influences from the East

DADA, ANUM,TARIQ (2019) Re-evaluating the Representation of Saracen Women in Middle English Romance: Influences from the East. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(6 Jun 2019) » Re-evaluating the Representation of Saracen Women in Middle English Romance: Influences from the East


“’Tis consent that makes a perfect slave”: Circean Poetry and Christian Liberty in Early Modern English Literature

RICHARDS, ABIGAIL (2019) “’Tis consent that makes a perfect slave”: Circean Poetry and Christian Liberty in Early Modern English Literature. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(4 Jun 2019) » “’Tis consent that makes a perfect slave”: Circean Poetry and Christian Liberty in Early Modern English Literature


‘Lo, he merys. Lo, he laghys’: Humour, Laughter, and Audience Response in the York and Towneley Plays.

BECKETT, JAMES,IAIN,ROSS (2018) ‘Lo, he merys. Lo, he laghys’: Humour, Laughter, and Audience Response in the York and Towneley Plays. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(4 Jun 2019) » ‘Lo, he merys. Lo, he laghys’: Humour, Laughter, and Audience Response in the York and Towneley Plays.


Spectres of Thatcher: Narratives of National Identity in Contemporary Britain

MULLEN, ANTONY (2019) Spectres of Thatcher: Narratives of National Identity in Contemporary Britain. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(4 Jun 2019) » Spectres of Thatcher: Narratives of National Identity in Contemporary Britain


(Un)Civilised Imaginations: The Brontës and Violence

FRANKLIN, SOPHIE,ROSE (2019) (Un)Civilised Imaginations: The Brontës and Violence. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(16 Apr 2019) » (Un)Civilised Imaginations: The Brontës and Violence


Envisioned Environments and the Social Imaginary in Medieval English Literature: Interactions of Mind, Culture, and Narrative, 700–1400 AD

BAKER, MICHAEL,STEPHEN (2019) Envisioned Environments and the Social Imaginary in Medieval English Literature: Interactions of Mind, Culture, and Narrative, 700–1400 AD. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(11 Apr 2019) » Envisioned Environments and the Social Imaginary in Medieval English Literature: Interactions of Mind, Culture, and Narrative, 700–1400 AD


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