MPhil, PhD English Literature

Year of entry

Supervision for MPhil/PhD research in English Literature is offered across a wide range of areas with particular strengths in Medieval, Early Modern, Eighteenth-Century, Victorian, and Modern, and Contemporary Literature and in Childhood in Literature and Crime Fiction. 

Applicants for the MPhil/PhD in English Literature should hold or be completing an MA degree in English or relevant subject. An MA by Research in English Literature is also offered.

Enquiries can be directed to Prof Carolyn Oulton .

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Claire Bartram:

  • provincial culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • material and commemorative culture
  • history of the book.

Dr Stefania Ciocia:

  • 20th and 21st-century literature
  • minority and postcolonial writing
  • crime fiction

Dr Susan Civale:

  • nineteenth-century women writers, especially novelists of the Romantic period
  • personal reputation, literary reception, and canonisation
  • gender and the rise of print and celebrity culture.

Dr Andrew Humphries:

  • modernist fiction 1890-1930- with specialism in D. H. Lawrence
  • childhood in literature and children’s literature/young adult fiction 1800-present
  • twentieth-century British and American drama.

Dr Peter Merchant:

  • 19th-century literature
  • 18th-century fiction
  • pre-20th-century literary juvenilia.

Prof Carolyn Oulton:

  • Victorian lives and afterlives
  • the New Woman
  • non-canonical 19th-century authors.

Dr Andrew Palmer:

  • the literature of war from 1914 to the present
  • modernist poetry and fiction
  • working class literature in the twentieth century.

Dr Astrid Stilma:

  •  literature connected to the court(s) of King James VI & I
  •  Elizabethan and Jacobean drama (text and performance)
  •  religion and politics in Elizabethan and Jacobean literature.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

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Location Length Start  
MPhil/PhD English Literature apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD English Literature apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time February 2021

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UCAS institution code

  • C10




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