Recent PhD Graduates
- Dr Taylor Driggers, Thesis title: “Faith, fairies, and floozies: deconstructing God, sex, and gender in fantasy”
- Dr Luke Shelton, Thesis title: “‘Small Hands Do Them Because They Must’: examining the reception of The Lord of the Rings among young readers”
- Dr Andy Tytler, Thesis title: "The Dragon in the Mirror, a novel, with Stepping Through the Mirror, a critical reflection on writing and revising a feminist portal-quest fantasy"
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: http://www.ruthbooth.com/
- Aslı Bülbül: "Art and Light: The Diegetic World-builders in J.R.R. Tolkien's Secondary World"
- 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"
- Elizabeth Dulemba: "Tricksters, Witches and Warriors: Rewriting a Patriarchal Narrative in Children's Literature"
- Emma French: "How do you want to do this? Dungeons and Dragons as transformative fantasy narrative"
- Sally Gales: Creative Writing project. Website: https://www.sallygales.com/bio
- 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: https://oliverlangmead.com/
- 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: https://ljmacwhirter.com/
- 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"