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Areas of research supervision


I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students with interests in gender and sexuality, especially on topics relating to:

  • Literature and culture since the nineteenth-century
  • The history of sexuality / sexology / queer history
  • Feminist comics and graphic memoirs
  • Contemporary women’s writing / LGBTIQ+ literature
  • Archives / the intersections between literary & cultural criticism and historiography
  • Translation

Please contact me ( if you would like an informal discussion about your ideas for an MPhil/PhD.

The Department of English and Humanities’ Guide for Applicants can be found here.

Current PhD Students

  • Rosalind Easton: ‘Palimpsest: Sarah Waters' Historical Fiction'.
  • Golnoosh Nourpanah, 'Identity, Female Sexuality and Religion in   Contemporary Iran' (creative writing PhD. With Julia Bell).
  • Yukata Okuhata, 'Angela Carter in her Times' (with Joseph Brooker). Funded by a Japanese Government Grant.
  • Dickon Edwards, 'Ronald Firbanks' Camp Legacy' (with Joseph Brooker).
  • George Townsend, 'Parson's Pleasure: A Cultural History' (with Leslie Topp).

Recent Completions

  • Evi Heinz: ‘John Rodker and Modernist Networks’ (AHRC funded). Successfully completed in 2018.
  • David Miller: 'Djuna Barnes and Queer Temporality' (AHRC-funded. With Joanne Winning). Successfully completed in December 2017.
  • Monalesia Earle: ‘Representations of Queer Women of Colour in Contemporary Fiction and Graphic Narratives'. Successfully completed in 2016.
  • July Ramsey: 'James Stansfeld, the British Contagious Diseases Acts and the Regulation of Prostitution in India, 1850s-1900.' Successfully completed 2014.
  • Sam McBean: ‘Unburying Feminism’: Representations of Feminism and Time in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Visual and Literary Culture’. Successfully completed 2013. Click here for a link to Sam’s monograph, Feminism’s Queer Temporalities (Routledge, 2016).
  • Andy Harvey: 'Homophobia and Sport in Fiction since the Nineteenth Century' (with Lynne Segal). Successfully completed 2012. Click here for a link to Andy’s monograph, Boys Will Be Boys: An Interdisciplinary Study of Sport, Masculinity and Sexuality (Interdisciplinary Press, 2016).
  • James Wilper: 'Sexology, Literature and Homosexuality in Fin de Siècle German and English Novels' (with Joanne Leal). Successfully completed 2012. Click here for a link to James’ monograph, Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German (Purdue UP, 2016).