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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

Narrative Simulation: Poietic Strategies and the Modelling of Fictions

AQUILINA, CONRAD (2020) Narrative Simulation: Poietic Strategies and the Modelling of Fictions. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(12 Aug 2020) » Narrative Simulation: Poietic Strategies and the Modelling of Fictions


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.

(10 Jul 2020) » The Edge of Time: The Critical Dynamics of Structural Chronotopes in the Utopian Novel


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.

(16 Jun 2020) » The View from Somewhere: Ambivalence in The Fiction of Jonathan Franzen and Amitav Ghosh


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.

(11 Jun 2020) » Anarchy and the Violet Hour: Eve, Adam, and the Cult of the Individual in The Waste Land


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


Backwards Time: The Rhetoric of Reverse

VIRDEE, DOUGLASS (2020) Backwards Time: The Rhetoric of Reverse. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(6 May 2020) » Backwards Time: The Rhetoric of Reverse


Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in Acute Adult Psychiatry: A Mixed Methods study

COATEN, MARY,ELLEN (2020) Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in Acute Adult Psychiatry: A Mixed Methods study. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(1 May 2020) » Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in Acute Adult Psychiatry: A Mixed Methods study


Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetic Conversations with Islam (1814-1818): Theological and Philosophical Contemplations

ABICHOU, ALEXANDER (2020) Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetic Conversations with Islam (1814-1818): Theological and Philosophical Contemplations. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(1 May 2020) » Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetic Conversations with Islam (1814-1818): Theological and Philosophical Contemplations


The Injured Man – Made and Unmade: Physical Trauma and Masculinities in Britain and America from the Fin de Siècle to the Post-War Period

KESHAVARZ, EMON,MACINTOSH (2020) The Injured Man – Made and Unmade: Physical Trauma and Masculinities in Britain and America from the Fin de Siècle to the Post-War Period. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

(20 Apr 2020) » The Injured Man – Made and Unmade: Physical Trauma and Masculinities in Britain and America from the Fin de Siècle to the Post-War Period


Recent Research Students

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Current Research Students

We host a large and thriving postgraduate research community. Our PhD graduates produce theses across a wide range of topics, before going on to establish careers in academia and elsewhere.