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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"
  • Ruth Booth: "Creative writing project on speculative adaptation and the impacts of toxicity in fandom". Website:
  • Francis Butterworth-Parr: "Video Games as Metaphor in the Contemporary Novel: 1984 to Writing Now"
  • Gabrielle Cohen: "Pieces of Heart: Video Games, Affect and The Digital Fantastic"
  • 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"
  • Penelope Holdaway: "Tolkien’s Faerie through his non-Middle-earth poetry"
  • Lucinda Holdsworth: "Divine Abuse in Modern Depictions of Lucifer"
  • Shelby Judge: "Exploring contemporary women writers’ reclamation of myth for feminist purpose, specifically within the Canongate Myth Series"
  • Azalea Binti Ahmad Kushairi: "Eco-aesthetics of Birds, Flowers, Others: A Freudian Analysis of Human Ecological Adaptations in Folkloric Tales of the Austronesian Regions"
  • Oliver Langmead: Creative Writing project on terraforming and ecological philosophy. Website:
  • 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:
  • Mariana Rios Maldonado: "Ethics, Femininity and the Encounter with the Other in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth Narratives"
  • 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"
  • Grace Worm: "Female Fantasy: Tamora Pierce’s Influence on Contemporary Fantasy"