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Areas of research supervision

Previous Doctoral Students

I have supervised the following doctoral students to successful completion:

  • Merlin Coverley (PT): contemporary London writing [2003-2007]
  • Patricia Novillo-Corvalan (FT: AHRC funded): Joyce and Borges (co-supervised with William Rowe) [2003-7].
  • Patrick Johnstone (FT: AHRC funded): Beckett in history [2003-7]
  • Tony Venezia (FT, AHRC funded): Alan Moore, comic books and history (co-supervised with Gill Partington 2008-2010) [2008-2013]
  • Zara Dinnen (FT: AHRC funded): Digital America [2009-2012]
  • Bianca Leggett (FT): Travel in contemporary British fiction [2009-2013]
  • Matthew Harle (FT: AHRC funded): A Study of Unfinished Projects [2012-2016]
  • Catherine Flay (FT): Thomas Pynchon and the Legacies of Countercultural Politics [2013-2016]
  • Alex Williamson (PT): Paul Auster & Siri Hustvedt (co-supervised with Anna Hartnell) [2013-2017]

Current Supervision

I am currently supervising students in the following areas:

  • Flann O'Brien and European Modernism
  • Angela Carter and the Postwar Era
  • French Theory in British Culture, 1970-1990
  • Camp Modernism
  • Steampunk and London

International Research Students

  • I have temporarily acted as the London supervisor for visiting PhD students from the universities of Krakow and Rome, working respectively on Virginia Woolf and intertextuality and the fictional representation of Irish immigrants to London.
  • In 2011-12 I was supervisor of David Vichnar, a scholar from Prague who won the Anglo-Czech Fund for a visiting research scholarship and elected to work with me at Birkbeck.

In 2003-2004 I was Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.