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Professor Haslett’s research comprises two main areas, both within studies of the ‘long eighteenth century’ (1680-1820): women’s writing in English (specifically representations of female communities and female friendship) and Irish culture and literature.

Both areas are vibrant research areas within literary studies in English and offer many opportunities for original research, with hundreds of women writers and writers of Irish origin, and ephemeral texts (including ballads and broadsheet satires) remaining to be recovered for this period.

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Welcome PhD applications in any aspect of

  • Literature in English written and published between 1680 and 1830
  • Particularly: women’s writing, Jonathan Swift, Byron, Irish writing in English,
  • And feminist approaches to literature and culture of this period.
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  • Prof Haslett has delivered 13 public talks in the last 5 years (2013-2018), principally on women’s writing and
    on the works of Jonathan Swift.
  • She has been awarded research funding for her projects on Representations of Female Communities
    (British Academy), Irish Song (Arts and Humanities Research Council), and Early Irish Fiction (AHRC and IRC).
    Her first research monograph (Byron’s Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend) won the British Academy
    Rose Mary Crawshay award for 1998.
  • See:


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at QUB

Eighteenth-Century Literature Research Network in Ireland

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society

Research students

PhD title: Byron and the influence of women’s writing

Name: Lee Livingstone
Years of Study: 2017 -2020
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: Creative Writing PhD: A novel and a study of witchcraft in Ulster, 1660-1720

Name: Lisa Kennedy
Years of Study: 2015 - 2019
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Creative Writing PhD: A novel and a study of post-apocalyptic fiction by women writers

Name: Elizabeth Byrne
Years of Study: 2016 - 2020
Country: Republic of Ireland

PhD title: Creative Writing PhD: A collection of original poems and an eco-critical reading of the poems of David Morley

Name: Emma Must
Years of Study: 2012 - 2018
Country: England

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Michael O’Connor

PhD title: ‘James Magee (1707–1797) and the Belfast Print Trade, 1771–1781’

Years of Study: 2002 - 2007
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Subject Librarian for the School of HAPP (McClay Library, QUB)

Dr Julie Steenson

PhD title: 'The Courtesan's Characters: "Scandalous Memoirists" and their fiction, 1788-1830'

Years of Study: 2004 - 2008
Country: UK
Current position: Commissioning Editor, Publishers, Dublin

Dr Rebecka Gronstedt

PhD title: 'The Rise of the Female Critic, 1673-1754'

Years of Study: 2007 - 2012
Country: Sweden
Current position: English, History and Theory of Knowledge Teacher, Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Sodermalm

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