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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

‘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


Dress, Identity and Visual Display: Self-Fashioning in Middle English Romance

STAMATAKI, ALICE,CHRISTINA (2018) Dress, Identity and Visual Display: Self-Fashioning in Middle English Romance. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(29 Mar 2019) » Dress, Identity and Visual Display: Self-Fashioning in Middle English Romance


Deconstructing Anthropomorphism: The "Humanimal" Narratives of Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter, and Richard Adams

LEATHERLAND, DOUGLAS,PETER (2019) Deconstructing Anthropomorphism: The "Humanimal" Narratives of Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter, and Richard Adams. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(7 Mar 2019) » Deconstructing Anthropomorphism: The "Humanimal" Narratives of Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter, and Richard Adams


Patterns of Nationalist Discourse in the Early Reception of the Icelandic Sagas in Britain

SPRAY, THOMAS,EDWARD (2019) Patterns of Nationalist Discourse in the Early Reception of the Icelandic Sagas in Britain. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(26 Feb 2019) » Patterns of Nationalist Discourse in the Early Reception of the Icelandic Sagas in Britain


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