The School of English has a dynamic research culture, which involves staff, postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows in attending and organizing international conferences and literary festivals; in undertaking collaborative research and archival projects; as well as in the individual work of scholarly editing and the writing of monographs and works of literature. Our research work is divided into four groups, of which staff are members, and postgraduate students are associate members. These groups are: Mediaeval and Renaissance; 18th Century, Romantic and Victorian; Modern and Contemporary; and Creative Writing.

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  • Profitability and play in urban satirical pamphlets, 1575–1625 

    Hasler, Rebecca Louise (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-26) - Thesis
    This thesis reconstructs the genre of urban satirical pamphleteering. It contends that the pamphlets of Robert Greene, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton, and Barnaby Rich are stylistically and generically akin. ...
  • Masculinity and manliness in the work of Elizabeth Gaskell 

    Healy, Meghan (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-20) - Thesis
    Mid-nineteenth-century England saw great social transformation in the face of industrialisation, changing working and living conditions, and voting reforms, and with these changes came new conceptions of masculinity and ...
  • Mitchell's mandalas : mapping David Mitchell's textual universe 

    Harris-Birtill, Rosemary (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-20) - Thesis
    This study uses the Tibetan mandala, a Buddhist meditation aid and sacred artform, as a secular critical model by which to analyse the complete fictions of author David Mitchell. Discussing his novels, short stories and ...
  • The ‘New Prince’ and the problem of lawmaking violence in early modern drama 

    Majumder, Doyeeta (University of St Andrews, 2014-09) - Thesis
    The present thesis examines the fraught relationship between the sixteenth-century formulations of the theories of sovereign violence, tyranny and usurpation and the manifestations of these ideas on the contemporary English ...
  • Women writing women : gender and representation in British 'Golden Age' crime fiction 

    Hoffman, Megan (University of St Andrews, 2012-11) - Thesis
    In this thesis, I examine representations of women and gender in British ‘Golden Age’ crime fiction by writers including Margery Allingham, Christianna Brand, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey ...

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