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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Recent Submissions

  • 'Nothing gold can stay': The end of the poem and the poetics of closure 

    Baker, Jennifer (University of St Andrews, 2018) - Thesis
  • Dystopia and the divided kingdom : twenty-first century British dystopian fiction and the politics of dissensus 

    Welstead, Adam (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-25) - Thesis
    This doctoral thesis examines the ways in which contemporary writers have adopted the critical dystopian mode in order to radically deconstruct the socio-political conditions that preclude equality, inclusion and collective ...
  • The textbook 

    Chalmers, Robert (University of St Andrews, 2017-04-06) - Thesis
    For my thesis, entitled The Textbook, I have submitted the first 40,000 words of my prospective novel of the same name. The Textbook is semi-dystopian, allegory in which the protagonist is disturbed by his belief in the ...
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    Merritt, Amanda (University of St Andrews, 2017-03-20) - Thesis
  • Chasing the absence : c. 40 pp. of verse 

    Nicholson, Helen (University of St Andrews, 2017-04-04) - Thesis
    Chasing the Absence explores themes of absence and loss, containing poems on emotional loss, death, disconnection and other lacks or losses, including the frustrations of language, whether disfluency or the pains of realising ...

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