English Studies

Abigail Fayers


Abigail’s interests lie in children’s literature and 19th century literature. Her favourite books are A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Favourite quotation: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

Alex Earle

Alex Earle

Alex’s subject interests include postmodernism, Georgian Literature and the Gothic.
Favourite quotation: “hello there” (Obi Wan Kenobi)

Amy Matinhira-Whyte


Amy is studying part time on MA English Studies. Her interests include modern drama and gender studies and her favourite author is Margaret Atwood.

Favourite Quotation: “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.” (THE BLIND ASSASSIN, 2000)

Becky Coddington

Becky Coddington

Becky’s favourite areas of study are Renaissance Literature, Gender Studies, and Queer theory. Her favourite play is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Favourite Quotation: “It’s not a bad thing finding out you don’t have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.” (Thor, 2011).

Bron Hawkins


Bron has an interest in postfeminist theory in contemporary texts, her favourite book is Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Claire Murphy


Claire’s areas of interest include modernism and poetry. Her favourite novels are The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence.
Fun Fact! Claire used to figure skate, and even started doing national level tests in the sport!

Emily Nix Evans

Emily Nix Evans

Emily enjoys studying Gothic Fantasy and the supernatural. Celia Friedman’s Feast of Souls is her favourite book.

Jamie Watt


Jamie is a part-time student, his study interests are contemporary poetry, especially Confessional Poetry and Post-Confessional Poetry with a particular focus on Plath, Sexton and Sharon Olds.

Jeni Medcalf

Jeni Medcalf

Jeni’s subject interests include Modernism and Mythology.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is her favourite book.
Fun fact! Jeni can solve a rubiks cube in less than 1 ½ minutes!

Katie Mulhern

Katie Mulhern

Katie has an interest in gender Studies, feminist theory and science fiction. Her favourite book is The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson.

Matthew Harrisons

Matthew has a particular interest in contemporary American literature, with a focus on affect theory and precarity.

Rebecca Phillips


Rebecca’s study focus is around the Gothic and 20th Century American Fiction. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night is her favourite book.

Tabitha Bennett


Tabitha has a background in theology studies and has an interest in feminism, Marxist theory, and enjoys studying post-structuralism.

Favourite Quotation: ‘I ought to be thy Adam, but I am instead thy fallen angel.” (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)

Thomas Walker


Thomas enjoys studying postmodernism and has an interest in gender studies.

Tim Rideout

Tim Rideout

Tim’s subject interests lie in the Gothic and its relationship with imperial anxiety, crime, and the 19th century women writer. His favourite novel is Middlemarch by George Eliot.

21st Century Literature

Scott McGinn


Scott’s interests focus on gender studies, queer theory, mythology and theology. His favourite book is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Brenda Zaarraoui


Brenda’s main interests are postcolonialism and multiculturalism. She is a self-proclaimed Moroccophile and a keen botanical artist. Her favourite poetry collection is Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Coming to Dover.

Michelle Duncan-Hart

Michelle enjoys Utopian/Dystopian fiction and the Gothic and how it has changed in the 21st Century. Her favourite book is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. She has enjoyed the variety on the MA program and feels it has broadened her horizons.
“Mary Shelley was the bees knees as far as I’m concerned.” – Michelle.

Alice Stringer


Alice enjoys studying Post-Apocalyptic and Utopian/Dystopian fiction. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is her favourite novel.

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