School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Research Supervision

Research Supervision

Literature

Staff working in Literature in the School are interested in supervising research projects in the following areas of expertise.

Contact the relevant staff member for further information.

Dr James Annesley (Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture) - 20th and 21st century American fiction; consumer culture and contemporary lifestyle.

Dr Harriet Archer (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow) - Early modern English writing, especially Tudor and Jacobean poetry; the reception and representation of the classical, ancient British and medieval past in Renaissance literature; textual transmission, influence and authority, and the use of authorial personae; Elizabethan nationhood and national identity.

Dr Melanie Bell (Senior Lecturer in Film) - British film and television history; gender and film (production, consumption, representation); film stars; film historiography; film/literature relationships.

Professor Kate Chedgzoy (Professor of Renaissance Literature) - 17th century literature and culture, with particular reference to questions of gender, sexuality, and national identity; Shakespeare; lesbian and gay theories and cultures; children's literature.

Dr Ruth Connolly (Lecturer in 17th Century Literature) - 17th century literature, especially poetry; early modern women's writing; scholarly editing; early modern cultures of print and manuscript.

Dr Martin Dubois (Lecturer in Victorian Literature) - Victorian poetry; nonsense writing; dialect poetry; Victorian literature and religion; modernist poetry.

Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Lecturer in 19th Century Literature) - 19th century literature and intellectual history, especially the novel of reform; politics and representation; women writers; gender, sexuality and economics; Malthusian fictions.

Dr Helen Freshwater (Reader in Theatre and Performance) - theatre for children and young people; audiences; 20th century British theatre; contemporary performance; the theatrical representation of the child.

Dr Stacy Gillis (Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature) - 20th century British fiction; popular fiction; detective and sensation fiction; feminist theory; First World War.

Professor Matthew Grenby (Professor of 18th Century literature) - 18th century literature; children's literature and culture; political novel; book history; history of heritage.

Dr Rosalind Haslett (Lecturer in Dramatic Literature) - Dramaturgy and literary management; theatre history and historiography; British regional theatre; post-conflict Northern Irish theatre; playwriting.

Dr Laura Kirkley (Lecturer in 18th Century Literature) - Revolutionary feminism, particularly Mary Wollestonecraft; women's writing in the long 18th century; 1790s radicalism; literary and cultural exchange between Britain and France; Enlightenment and Romantic cosmopolitanism.

Dr Kirsten MacLeod (Lecturer in 19th - 20th Century Literature) - Victorian and modernist print culture; periodical studies; Aestheticism and Decadence; history of publishing and authorship; modernism.

Dr Shehzana Mamujee (Temporary Lecturer in Renaissance Literature) - Renaissance literature, especially Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; early modern theatrical history and culture; child performance.

Dr Robbie McLaughlan (Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature) - Postcolonial Studies; the history of Empire; imperial cartography; the fin de siècle, colonialism and modernism; theory (particularly network theory, Marxism/ Leninism and the history of psychoanalysis).

Dr Meiko O'Halloran (Lecturer in Romantic Literature) - British and Scottish Romanticism; the 18th century and Romantic-era novel; periodical writing and the literary marketplace; Gothic literature in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dr Jennifer Orr (Lecturer in 18th-Century Literature) - Scottish and Irish Romantic period literature; radical poetry; print culture of the 'long' 18th century; labouring-class poetry; landscape and sense of place in Romantic poetry.

Dr Lucy Pearson (Lecturer in Children's Literature) - Children's literature; modern and contemporary literature; book history; publishing history.

Professor Michael Pincombe (Professor of Tudor & Elizabethan Literature) - Tudor and Elizabethan literature and drama; Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; tragic drama from the Greeks to the modern day; the English ghost story and other Victorian and early 20th century supernatural fiction; formalist, Marxist and structuralist literary theory.

Dr James Procter (Reader in Modern English Literature & Postcolonial Literature) - Caribbean and Black British literature; postwar British literature; contemporary fiction; postcolonial writing/theory; short fiction and empire.

Professor Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children's Literature) [Semester 2 only] - Early 20th-century children's publishing in Britain; late Victorian and Edwardian children's books; death and self-injury in children's literature; radical children's publishing; the history of children's publishing in the 20th century.

Professor Peter Reynolds (Professor of Theatre Studies) [Semester 2 only] - Shakespeare in performance; theatre rehearsal practice; pedagogy.

Professor Jennifer Richards (Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture) - Early modern literature and culture (1500-1700); history of rhetoric and performance; history of reading and literacy; medical humanities.

Dr Michael Rossington (Senior Lecturer in English Literature) - Romantic period poetry and life writing; the Shelleys; scholarly editing; reception; translation.

Dr Andrew Shail (Lecturer in Film) - Cinema and cinema culture in the UK and the US before 1930; post-classical Hollywood film; literary modernism; time in literature and film; history of menstruation.

Dr Neelam Srivastava (Senior Lecturer in Post-Colonial Literature) - Indian/South Asian literature in English; postcolonial theory; cultural histories of Italian colonialism and postcolonialism; postcolonial cinema; postcolonial translation; anti-colonial writing between 1930 and 1970.

Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney (Senior Lecturer in American Literature) - American, African American and Caribbean literature in the 19th and 20th centuries; slavery, literature and visual culture; Afromodernisms; theoretical intersections between the black Atlantic, post/colonialism and diaspora; travel writing; race and performance.

Dr Anne Whitehead (Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature) - Modern and contemporary fiction; literatures of war, conflict and resolution; trauma and memory studies; care, empathy and literature; medical humanities.

Language

Staff working in Language and Linguistics in the School are interested in supervising research projects in the following areas of expertise.

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Professor Karen Corrigan (Professor of Linguistics and English Language) - Language variation and change; corpus linguistics; English in Ireland; historical English linguistics.

Dr Cristina Dye (Lecturer in Child Language Acquisition) - Language acquisition, development and processing in monolingual/ multilingual and normal/ abnormal child populations; neurodevelopmental disorders (SLI, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's syndrome).

Dr S. J. Hannahs (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics) - Theoretical phonology; linguistic morphology; morphophonology; Celtic, Romance and German linguistics; phonological theory.

Professor Anders Holmberg (Professor of Theoretical Linguistics) - Syntactic theory; Arabic syntax; Thai syntax; L2 acquisition.

Dr Adam Mearns (Lecturer in the History of the English Language) - The history of the English language; Old English & Middle English; language variation and change; lexical semantics; corpora (construction, development and applications).

Dr Heike Pichler (Lecturer in Sociolinguistics) - Language variation and change; grammaticalization; discourse-pragmatic features; spoken English; sociolinguistics.

Dr Geoff Poole (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics) - Syntactic Theory; Philosophy of Linguistics; Structure of Medieval Spanish; Comparative Romance (Historical) Syntax.

Professor Maggie Tallerman (Professor of Linguistics) - Language evolution; language typology; Celtic linguistics; Welsh syntax and morphosyntax; cross-linguistic syntax.

Dr Danielle Turton (Lecturer in Phonology) - Phonological variation and change, accents of English, phonetics, ultrasound tongue imaging, quantitative methods, variationist linguistics.

Dr William van der Wurff (Senior Lecturer in Historical Linguistics) - Language change; historical syntax; history of English; lexical innovation.

Dr Joel Wallenberg (Lecturer in the History of the English Language) - English Language, syntax, language variation and change (syntax, phonology); comparative Germanic linguistics; history of English; history of North Germanic (esp. Icelandic); diachronic parsed corpora; metrics.

Professor Martha Young-Scholten (Professor of Second Language Acquisition) - L2 acquisition of syntax; phonology.

Creative Writing

Staff working in Creative Writing in the School are interested in supervising research projects in the following areas of expertise.

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Professor Linda Anderson (Professor of Modern English and American Literature and Director of the NCLA) - Autobiography and memoir; trauma; creative use of archives.

William Fiennes (Lecturer in Creative Writing - part-time) - Creative non-fiction; the essay; the short story; the novel.

Dr Tina Gharavi (Lecturer in Digital Media) - Experimental documentary practice; screenwriting; community.

Professor Bill Herbert (Professor of Creative Writing) - Creative Writing theory and practice; poetry, poetics and criticism; Scottish poetry; poetry translation; libretto.

Professor Jackie Kay (Professor of Creative Writing - part-time) - Fiction; writing for children; poetry; memoir.

Professor Sean O'Brien (Professor of Creative Writing - part-time) - Poetry, poetics and criticism; poetry translation; verse drama and translation; fiction; creative writing theory and practice.

Margaret Wilkinson (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing - part-time) - Creative writing theory and practice; drama for stage and radio; dramatic structure; fiction.