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Completed Ph.Ds in the School of English

Theses completed in the School since 1990


Mary Ellen Donaghy - Gender, Nation and the Sacred in the Writings of Eva Gore-Booth

Peter Ferry - Masculinity in Manhattan: Reading Hegemonic Masculinity in Selected Novels of Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Bret Easton Ellis and Jed Reubenfield

Laura Gallagher - The Virgin Mary in the Early Modern Literary Imagination

Claire Heaney – Ethics and Imagination in J M Coetzee

Milena Mendes – Humourous texts in coursebooks: an Investigation of Pedagogical Tasks and Readers Reactions

Jane Lugea – Building a Narrative Text-World Through Deixis and Modality: A Contrastive Study of Spanish and English

Elizabeth Switaj – “The fame of an English Teacher”: James Joyce, Language and Pedagogy

Vander Viana – Disciplinary variation in academic writing: A corpus study of PhD theses in English Language and Literature


Richard Barlow, 'Scotographic Joys: Joyce and Scottish Literature, History and Philosophy'.

Victoria Brownlee, 'Reforming Figures: Biblical Interpretations and Literature in early modern England.'

Peter Eakin, ‘The Kingdom of Man? Models of Nature and Society in the Fiction of HG Wells’.

David Falls, 'Love's Mirror Before Arundel: audiences and early readers of Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ'

Amy Kieran, 'Modalities of Reform in late Medieval England'

Tammy Moore, A novel, 'Carny Queen', and a critical dissertation on 'The Development of the Outsider in Detective Fiction'.

Elizabeth Scarborough, 'Continental Drift: the reception of European Visionary Writing in Medieval England' 

Kathryn Stevenson, '"Of the Holy Londe of Irlande": A Reconsideration of Some Middle English Texts in Late Medieval Ireland'


Emily Dedakis, Fiction: ‘How I was Taught’; Excursus: ‘Fighting Lazyitis: Doctorow, Didion, Saramago, and a Novel Politics’. 

Joshua Fitzhugh, ‘“Had but the Tale a Warbling Teller”: Biblical Poetics, Ideological Narrative and the Tales of C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton’ 

Paul Frazer, 'Deviant Mobility in Early Modern English Literature and Culture'

Clare Gill, ‘Olive Schreiner and the Literary Marketplace, 1883-1914’ 

Ruth Hartle, ‘Our Lives Apart’ and ‘Carrying the Fire: Myth, Memory and Distance in the Post-Apocalyptic Novels of Jeanette Winterson and Cormac McCarthy’ 

Lisa Keogh, ‘Ahab’s Daughter: Towards an Open Theory of Dialogue’ 

Paul Maddern, ‘The Seamus Heaney Digital Archive: The Public Performance of Poetry’. 

Daniel McCann, ‘Possible Selves: Imagined Experience, Narrative Transformation, and Late Medieval English Literature’ 

Darran McCann, ‘After the lockout: a novel’ and ‘Keeping the flock, tilling the soil: the relationship between history and historical fiction. An exegesis reflecting on the composition of “After the lockout”’

Gail McConnell, ‘“For a word’s sake”: Theological Aesthetics in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry’

Stuart McWilliams, ‘Magic and Possibility: medievalism and the idea of the occult’ 

Kathrin Prietzel, ‘Anglo-Saxon Authorities: Constructions of Kingship and Concepts of Power’

Beth Rodgers, ‘Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture, 1880-1906’ 

Kate Underwood, ‘Moving beyond bias and stereotype of older adult discourse: A data-driven, pragmatic approach to the analysis of elderly speech’  


Stephanie Bachorz, ‘Dialects of Postcoloniality: Adorno and twentieth-century Irish Literature’ 

Patricia Canning, ‘Language, Literature and Religion: The stylistics of “Ideolatry” in early modern England’ 

Michela Dettori, ‘The literature of the Northern Ireland conflict: spatial, social, moral and psychological representations’ 

Majella Devlin, ‘Performing Women in Early Modern England, 1625-1700’ 

Stephanie Frigo, ‘Representations of emotion in acted and naturalistic speech’ 

Carlo Gébler, ‘Making work that serves the subject: A critical analysis of my published works’ 

Nicola Lennon, ‘Towards a game: theoretic critical linguistics’ 

Aisling Mullan, ‘Religious transformations in the drama of W.B. Yeats and J.M. Synge, 1899-1909’ 

Ciaran O’Neill, ‘Urban Confetti:  Benjamin, Carson, O'Hara and the figure of the modern urban poet’ 

Glenn Patterson, ‘Works presented by Glenn Patterson for the degree of D. Litt.’ 


Eadaoin Agnew, ‘From Memsahibs to Missionaries: Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century British Women's Travel Writing in India’ 

Roger Cottrell, ‘Alienation, Ideology and Social Critique in the British Crime Thriller’ 

Ashley Dunne, ‘Centuries’ End/Shakespearean Interpretations’ 

Miriam Gamble, ‘Form, Genre and Lyric Subjectivity in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry’ 

Brian Gourley, ‘Carnivalesque and grotesque transgression in the writings of John Bale’ 

Mary-Ellen Lynn, ‘Negotiating Body and Soul: Explorations in Early Modern Subjectivity’ 

Helen McLaughlin, ‘Expugnatio Hibernica: Patterns, Strategies and Improvisations’ 

Stephen Mullan, ‘“An Atheist's Religion”: Richard Rorty and the “De-divinization” of Modern Literature’ 

Eglantina Remport, ‘Victorian Aesthetic and Social Ideas in the Drama of Lady Augusta Gregory from 1904 to 1914’ 

Bethany Sinclair, ‘In the Pursuit of the Brut: Identity, Landscape and Location with particular emphasis on Glasgow University Library Hunterian MS83’ 

Julie Steenson, ‘The Courtesan's Characters: “Scandalous Memoirists” and their fiction, 1788-1830’ 

Eoghan Walls, ‘A dialogue between phenomenology and Poetry:  Reading Heaney and Hopkins through Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty’ 

Conor Wyer, ‘An Afterlife of James Joyce’ 

Alex Wylie, ‘Self-Reflexivity and Otherness in T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill’ 


Gavin Falconer, ‘Scots: Decline, Revival and Divergence’ 

Yi-Ling Yang, ‘Negotiating the Global and the Local in Joyce’s Ulysses’ 

Caroline Magennis, ‘“Sons of Ulster”: Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel’ 

Michael O’Connor, ‘James Magee (1707-1797) and the Belfast Print Trade, 1771-1781’ 


Karen Brown, ‘Text and Image in early twentieth-century Irish literary and visual culture: an Irish synaesthetic’ 

Paul Bunting, ‘The Postmodernity of Critical Fictions: A Lyotardian Reading of Selected Work by Vladimir Nabokov, John Ashbery and Paul Auster’ 

Rhonda Crockett, ‘Prophecy and the Prophetic in Dickens’ 

Emma Hegarty, ‘Assembling a Postmodern Identity: Subjectivity and Agency in a Selection of Fiction by Jeanette Winterson and Paul Auster’ 

Naomi McAreavey, ‘Gendering Irishness: Women and Writing in Seventeenth-Century Ireland’ 

Emilie Morin, ‘“A Lingering Dissolution”: The problem of “Irishness” in the work of Samuel Beckett’ 

Lorraine Taylor, ‘Towards a reception history of the surviving Old English Bede Manuscripts: a diachronic study, extending from the date of their production in Anglo-Saxon England to their first appearance in print in 1643’ 

Joanna Wydenbach, ‘Irish Women's Fiction 1900-1924: Literature and History’ 


Raymond Cummings, ‘Discourses of Anxiety in Late Medieval Literary Traditions’ 

Edith Shillue, ‘“The obscure but stubborn spirit of a people who talk”: Cultural contact in the Ordnance Survey Memoir of Ireland’ 

Edel Lamb, ‘The Children's Playing Companies of Early Modern London: Childhood, Theatre, Identity (1599-1613)’ 

John McBride, ‘Robert Southey’s “Spanish Fever”: Romantic Hispanism and Roderick, the Last of the Goths’ 

Yasuhito Sato, ‘Poetry and Society: Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson and the Mediation of Culture’ 

Brendan Martin, ‘The Postmodernity of Paul Auster’ 


Neal Alexander, ‘“A Fount of Broken Type”: Representations of Belfast in Prose’ 

Encarnación Trinidad Barrantes, ‘The “Culture of the Eye”: Textual Representations of the Gaze from Hawthorne to James’ 

Averill Buchanan, ‘Recontextualising Mary Tighe‘ 

David Coleman, ‘Indelible Characters: Sacramental Themes in Sixteenth-Century English Drama’

Leontia Flynn, ‘Reading Medbh McGuckian’ 

Carolyn Jess, ‘Cinematic Shakespeare: Regenerative Authority and the Sequel Phenomenon’ 

Anne Oakman, ‘“Too Much on the Outer Skin”: Dynamics of Marginality in the Collaborative Methodology of E.O.E. Somerville and Martin Ross’ 

Ryan Perry, ‘The Cultural Location of Handlyng Synne’ 


Mary Burke, ‘The Irish “Tinker” in Irish Writing, 1800-2000’ 

Nicholas Dunlop, ‘Re-Inscribing the Map: Cartographic Discourse in the Fiction of Peter Carey and David Malouf’ 

Sarah Lowndes, ‘Barristers on Trial: Comprehension and Misapprehension in Courtroom Discourse’ 

Ester Carrillo Medela, ‘Selves and Societies: A Comparative Study of Contemporary Fiction from Northern Ireland to Catalonia’ 

Edward Moss, ‘The Poetics of Alterity: Representations of the Oriental in Insular and Related Literatures 1066-1453’ 

Stephen Nolan, ‘Communicative success in political wall murals in Northern Ireland: A critical discourse analysis’ 

Victoria Price, ‘Discursive Prostitution: (Re)Positioning Women in Early Modern Literature and Culture’ 


Kevin De Ornellas, ‘Troping the Horse in Early Modern English Literature and Culture’ 

Ashley Faulkner, ‘Creative Block in the Later Work of Philip Larkin:  A Contextual, Psychoanalytic, Comparative, Manuscript- and Correspondence-based study’ 

Frank Ferguson, ‘Thomas Percy: Antiquarianism as National Aesthetic’ 

Kathleen Wallace, ‘A reception theory approach to the poetry of Emily Dickinson’


Joanne Baker, ‘Between states: the writing of Elizabeth Bowen’ 

Alan Gillis, ‘Awakening Constellations: History in Irish Poetry of the 1930s’ 

Deborah Moore, ‘Paying the minstrel: a cultural study of B.L. MS Harley, 913’ 

Karen Smyth, ‘Temporal Consciousness in the Poetry of Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate’ 


Heather Collier, ‘Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century Manuscript Miscellanies: The Sources and Contexts of MS. Balliol 354’

Aaron Kelly, ‘“Utterly resigned terror”: the thriller and Northern Ireland since 1969’ 

Eleanor McClean, ‘Rabelais and Joyce: the influence of influence’ 


Tom Clyde, 'Irish literary magazines: an outline history and descriptive bibliography’ 

Darragh Gallagher, ‘Stern Colour and Delicate Line: Relations between verbal and visual representations of the west of Ireland in twentieth-century Irish writing and art’ 

Des O’Rawe, ‘Encountering Eros: Discourses on Desire in Contemporary Irish Literature’ 

Jason O’Rourke, ‘Literary and Political Culture in Wales and the English Border Country 1300-1475’ 

Robbie Meredith, ‘Reviving Women: Irish Women's Prose Writing 1890-1920’ 

William Watkin, ‘In the Process of Poetry: The New York School and the Avant-Garde’ 


Anne Bailie, ‘A critical old spelling edition of Jasper Mayne’s The Amorous Warre’

Stephen Kelly, ‘Hermeneutic Encounters with Piers Plowman’ 

Michael McAteer, ‘“Dead faces laugh”: Imagination and History from Standish James O’Grady to George Russell and W.B. Yeats’ 


James McAleavey, ‘Spenser and a beginning for Anglo-Irish literature’ 


John Breen, ‘Representing exile:  Ireland and the formation of the English nation (1558-1603)’ 

Ivan Herbison, ‘The Legacy of Christian Epic: A Study of Old English Biblical and Hagiographical Poetry’ 

Patricia Horton, ‘Romantic intersections: romanticism and contemporary Northern Irish poetry’

Robert Marsh, ‘John Hewitt and theories of Irish culture: cultural nationalism, cultural regionalism, and identity in the north of Ireland’

Susan Small, ‘Imaging the body: Shakespeare and Iconography’ 


Eva Marie Arndt, ‘Sean O’Faolain’s Necessary Fictions: Conflicts of the Ideal and the Real’ 

Taura Napier, ‘The “I” That Dares to Speak its Name: Literary Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Irishwomen’ 


Susan Bell, ‘Faulkner and words:  the artist’s response to a Nietzschean dilemma’ 

Richard Kirkland, ‘Writing in the interregnum: literary and cultural production in Northern Ireland since 1965’

James Somerville, ‘The concept of mimesis in sixteenth-century literary theory’ 

Margaret Simpson, ‘The companion to Hard Times’ 


Simon McKeown, ‘Barnabe Googe:  poetry and society in the 1560s’ 


Firenza D Guidi, ‘Points of Contact Between Italy and England in Three Vernacular Tragedies of the 1560s:  Jocasta, Gismond of Salerne and Freewyl’ 


Peter Frost, ‘Keynotes of the nineties: an evaluative study of John Lane’s Keynotes series’ 

Joan Rahilly, ‘Intonation patterns in normal hearing and postlingually deafened adults in Belfast’