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Dr Cameron Macfarlane

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I came to the English Department at Durham for an MA degree in English Literary Studies in 2013, following my Undergraduate MA in English Literature from Glasgow University. Upon completion of my MA at Durham, I decided to develop my MA thesis on the Evolution of Early Modern Travel Writing for further post-graduate studies and to undertake a PhD.
My current project focuses on the development of Early Modern Travel Writing, and its intersections with Scottish colonial rhetoric in the seventeenth century. There is already a well established thread of scholarship on the relationship between travelogues and colonialism, as well as the convergent evolution of travel writing and the early novel. My research focuses on the framing and promotion of Scottish empire building in the seventeenth century, as they relate to travel writing and travel accounts, to discuss questions of credible representation in print as well as rhetoric concerned with imagined potential. I enjoy joint supervision between Durham’s English and History departments, through the guidance of Dr Gillian Skinner (English) & Dr Adrian Green (History).

I’m a very proud member of St Cuthbert’s Society, and the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), and an occasional contributor to the English department’s READ blog.

My research is funded by the AHRC through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.