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Postgraduate Members

Recent PhD and DFA Graduates


Current PhD and DFA Students working on fantasy/the fantastic:

  • Maria Arvaniti: "Otherworlds on Stage: Theatre and Fantasy"
  • Grace Borland Sinclair: "Feminist Fabulations: The Speculative Fiction of Scottish Women Writers 1860-1980"
  • Francis Butterworth-Parr: "Video Games as Metaphor in the Contemporary Novel: 1984 to Writing Now"
  • Gabriel Elvery: "Pieces of Heart: Video Games, Affect and The Digital Fantastic"
  • Tom Emanuel: "The Tale We’ve Fallen Into: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Fandom, and the Post-Christian Quest for Meaning"
  • Emma French: "How do you want to do this? Dungeons and Dragons as transformative fantasy narrative" 
  • Robert Gabriel: "Socio-Economic Ideology in Contemporary ‘Tween’ Television Programming"
  • Georgina Gale: "Gothic Realities: The Symbiotic Nature of Gothic Fiction and Late-Victorian Journalism"
  • Lynn Genevieve: Creative writing project on centring on radical birth practices.
  • Lucinda Holdsworth: "Divine Abuse in Modern Depictions of Lucifer"
  • Azalea Binti Ahmad Kushairi: "Eco-aesthetics of Birds, Flowers, Others: A Freudian Analysis of Human Ecological Adaptations in Folkloric Tales of the Austronesian Regions"
  • Alice Langley: "Beneath the Stone: How works of fiction employ transformation to illuminate the lived experience of women who have experienced miscarriage"
  • Rachel Lewis: "Magic, Medicine, Metamorphosis: Representations of Medicine in the Victorian Fairy Tale"
  • Christopher Lynch: "Terry Pratchett’s Ankh-Morpork and the Development of Urban Fantasy from the 1980s to the Present"
  • Liz Macwhirter: Creative Writing project. Website:
  • Rhys Pasternack: "Dark Souls: A Contemporary Postmodern Fantasy"
  • Mariana Rios Maldonado: "Ethics, Femininity and the Encounter with the Other in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth Narratives"
  • Luise Rössel: "End Without Hope? – ‘Post-modern fantasy’ and the millennial Change: re-writing truth(s), undercutting hierarchies and the narrative void in secularized Christian cultures"
  • Kristine Ainsworth Swank: "The Creative Uses of Irish Literature in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien"
  • Monica Vazquez: "There Be Dragons: Poetics of Immersion from Fantasy Literature to Virtual Reality"
  • Hollie Willis: "Representations of Funerary Rites in Post-1990 Fantasy Literature"
  • Grace Worm: "Female Fantasy: Tamora Pierce’s Influence on Contemporary Fantasy"