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English Literature & Publishing - Creative Writing - Communication, Film and Media - English Language and Intercultural Communication

English Literature & Publishing

Dr Jeannette Baxter: 20th Century literature; modernism and 'new modernisms'; contemporary fiction; literature and the visual arts post 1900; literary surrealism; literature and memory; life-writing; holocaust literature; East-Central European literature.

Professor Sarah Annes Brown: the influence of Ovid on English literature and the creative reception of Shakespeare's plays. Her most recent book is A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny (MUP, 2012). She would welcome enquiries from students interested in these, or related, areas, and is currently researching the presence of classical texts in contemporary poetry and fiction, particularly science fiction.

Professor John Gardner: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century literature and culture; poetry; relationship between text and image; literature and politics; radicalism; Romantic period drama; literature and technology; nineteenth century newspapers and magazines.

Professor Eugene Giddens: Renaissance Drama, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, James Shirley, children's literature, Lewis Carroll, history of the book, textual editing, illustrations for children.

Dr Elizabeth Ludlow: Nineteenth-century literature and the Bible, Victorian periodical publication and illustration practices, devotional poetry, the Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian historical fiction and the Early Church novel, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, the Brontës. 

Professor Farah Mendlesohn: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fan Cultures and genre history.

Professor Val Purton: Victorian literature, in particular the works of Dickens and Tennyson, medieval, and Post-Colonial literature.

Dr Tory Young: modernism, contemporary fiction, theories of influence and intertextuality, the influence of modernism on contemporary fiction, intimacy in contemporary fiction, second-person narration in contemporary women's writing, narrative theory, gift theory.

Professor Rowland Wymer: Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, science fiction, literature and religion, literature and witchcraft, literature and suicide, critical theory, Derek Jarman, arthouse cinema.

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Creative Writing

Dr Una McCormack writes science fiction, and TV tie-in novels based on long-running franchises such as Star Trek and Doctor Who. She is interested in hearing from students with an interest in science fiction, particularly women's science fiction; and fanfiction/transformative works.

Laura Dietz's research includes work on creative writing and science, evolutionary and cognitive approaches to literature, reputation and legitimacy in post-print publishing environments, and the novel, especially innovative forms. She welcomes PhD enquiries on these and other topics in writing.

Dr Colette Paul is interested in supervising Creative Writing projects, critical or practice-led, on any aspect of the short story. My other research areas include: Creative Writing pedagogy, short story theory, and contemporary short story writers, with a particular focus on Alice Munro.

Dr Mick Gowar has published five collections of poetry for children and young people with Puffin, Viking Kestrel and Penguin Plus, and has published a number of articles on the poetry of Ted Hughes. He is a past co-ordinator of the Cambridge Poetry Festival (1981) and contributed a chapter on the festival to 'The Salt Companion To Richard Berengarten'. He is at present writing a book on the history of creative writing teaching in schools which will include chapters on the work of Ted Hughes, Kenneth Koch and Michael Rosen.

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Communication, Film and Media

Dr Sean Campbell's work focuses on issues of identity politics and popular culture. He would be keen to supervise research students in the following areas: popular music; popular culture; Irish studies; migration/ethnicity.

Dr Tanya Horeck would be keen to supervise research students in the following areas: Violence and cinema; crime films; documentary film and theory; gender and sexuality onscreen; popular cinema.

Dr Tina Kendall's work focuses on the materiality, ethics, and affects of extreme cinema, with a view to theorizing marginal, in-between, or unpleasurable aspects of cinematic spectatorship. She is particularly interested in supervising in the following areas: The 'new extremism' in contemporary cinema; 'Attention economy' and contemporary cinema; Theories of affect, visceral spectatorship, and unpleasure; 'New materialist' approaches to film

Dr Nina Lübbren welcomes research students in nineteenth-century European painting, including artists' colonies and academic painting, Bollywood cinema, and visual narrative.

Professor Patricia MacCormack is interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of Continental Philosophy (Deleuze, Irigaray, Serres, Guattari, Lyotard, Bataille and others), ethics, Sexuality, Gender, Feminism, Queer Theory, Animal Studies, Transgression, Film philosophy, horror film and spectatorship.

Dr Simon Payne would be interested in supervising PhD projects concerning Avant-Garde Film; projects concerning cinema and the visual arts; and practice-based PhDs in the field of Film and Media Studies. His work can be seen on his personal website.

Sarah Gibson-Yates' research interests are in creative practice and theoretical investigations into the formation, use and perpetuation of narratives - particularly narratives of self - within social and other multi-modal forms of new media and to what extent does the way we use and employ narratives on a daily basis (both on and offline) affect the way we construct identity for ourselves and others?

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English Language and Intercultural Communication

Dr Bettina Beinhoff's interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, phonetics and phonology, and specifically in the influence of social factors on second language acquisition processes, the negotiation of identities in cross-cultural and intercultural settings, the structure of non-native speaker accents of English and the interrelation of production and perception in acquiring second language speech. 

Dr Melanie Bell is interested in the empirical study of language: experimental, corpus-based and computational approaches to phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics. My own research has focused on the syntax, morphology, phonology and semantics of compound words in English. Other interests include discourse in the professions, especially nursing, and the teaching of spoken English

Sarah Fitt's research interests are in the areas of semantics, language change, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, the influence of motivation and the age factor in the second language acquisition process as well as culture and identity and in ELT methodology, teacher training and foreign language learning.

Dr Sebastian Rasinger is an Applied Linguist who is interested in 'the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language is a central issue' (Brumfit 1997: 91). His primary research interests are in the sociolinguistic aspects of bilingualism, migration, and ethnic and cultural identities. He is also interested in the representation of minority groups more generally (linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual) in public and media discourse, using methods derived from both corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis, and is happy to consider proposals in these areas. 

Professor Guido Rings has published within different areas of postcolonial literature and cinema, inter-culturalism and cultural studies. His research interests include the wider spectrum of 19th, 20th and 21st century Romance (French, Italian and Portuguese) as well as contemporary German literature and film. Proposals are welcome in postcolonial narratives, including novels on migration and migrant cinema and Hispanic, French, Italian and Portuguese literature, theatre and cinema.

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