Comparative Literature

Research students

Given the wide-ranging research interests of our staff, the Department of Comparative Literature at Kent is in a strong position to supervise high-quality graduate work across the European literatures. Particular strengths include the European avant-garde, modernism, postmodernism, literary theory, literature and philosophy, and medical humanities, although we can also supervise research on other periods from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Our current research students include:

Completed dissertations and theses

All successfully completed MA theses and PhD dissertations are held in the Templeman Library. These include:

  • Thirthankar Chakraborty, 'Samuel Beckett and Indian Literature' (PhD, 2017)
  • Melanie Dilly, 'Expatriate Writing: Post-trauma, Postmemory and the Postcolonial' (PhD, 2017)
  • Anna Street Steff, 'Comedy and the Spirit of Contingence: The Comic as Theorised in Modern Philosophy, and Its Realisation in Post-War British and French Drama' (PhD, cotutelle with Paris IV, 2017)
  • Nina Rolland, ‘The Representation of Women Musicians in French, English and German Literature of the Nineteenth Century’ (PhD, 2016)
  • Manal Siddiqui, 'Sleep and States of Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century British and French Gothic Literature' (PhD, 2016)
  • Joanne Pettitt, ‘Characterising Evil: The Ontology of Culpability and the Figure of the Perpetrator in Representations of the Shoah’ (PhD, 2015)
  • Laura Mooney, ‘Listening to Silence, Reading the Unwritten: Articulating the Voice of the Racial Other in White Male Discourse’ (PhD, 2015)
  • Vered Weiss, ‘Oh Other Where Art Thou: Spatial Awareness in Hebrew and English Literature of the Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth Century’ (PhD, 2015)
  • Trisha Poplett, ‘Telling Textiles: Representations of Women's Handiwork in Literature’ (MPhil, 2015)
  • Josephine Sharoni, ‘Fantasy Literature in Fin-de-Siècle Britain: A Lacanian Reading’ (PhD, 2015)
  • Angelos Evangelou, ‘Logos, Bios, and Madness in Nietzsche, Bataille, Foucault and Derrida’ (PhD, 2013)
  • Kamilla Pawlikowska, ‘Poetics of the Face: Textual Portraiture in Modern English, Russian and Polish Literature’ (PhD, 2013)
  • Melanie Foehn, ‘Samuel Beckett and the Writers of Port Royal’ (PhD, 2012; co-tutelle with Paris III)
  • Jaine Bass, ‘Dystopia and Disease in Camus, Kesey and Saramago’ (MA, 2010)
  • Laura Mooney, ‘Deconstructing the Frieze of Colonial Stereotypes: Writing the Voice of the Marginalized in White Discourse’ (MA by Research, 2010)
  • Elaine Morley, ‘Murdoch and the Monster?: Literary Affinities in the Writings of Elias Canetti and Iris Murdoch’ (PhD, 2010)
  • Geoffrey Stokes, ‘Experiments in Independence from God: Landscapes of Defeat and Fulfilment in French and German Poetry 1930-1950’ (MA by Research, 2009)
  • Anthony Fincham, ‘Les Intermittences du Cœur: An Analysis of Love in Hardy, Proust and Beckett’ (MA by Research, 2008)
  • Dana Chaker, ‘Speaking the Unspeakable: A Comparative Approach to the Representation of Child Sexual Abuse in English and German Literature of the Twentieth Century’ (PhD, 2008)
  • Stephen Baker, ‘Novella Writing in the Twentieth Century: D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and Saul Bellow’ (MA by Research, 2006)
  • Antony Howard Barron, ‘A Secret Sharing: A Comparative Study of Conrad and Dostoevsky’ (PhD, 2006)
  • Elpida-Sophia Christianaki, Political Rebellion in Sophocles' 'Antigone', Anouilh's 'Antigone' and Fugard's 'The Island' (PhD, 2006)
  • Lydia Hill, ‘Strategies of Exile: Time, Space and the Concept of a New World in the Works of Vladimir Nabokov and Derek Walcott’ (MA by Research, 2006)
  • Monica Manzolillo, ‘Evasions: A Feminist and Psychoanalytical Reading of Madame Bovary and Lady Chatterley's Lover’ (MA by Research, 2002)
  • Elena Anastasaki, ‘Exercises d'immortalité: Le thème de l'immortalité physique dans la littérature française et anglophone de la première moitié du XIXème siècle: William Godwin, Charles Robert Maturin, Honoré de Balzac, Théophile Gautier et Nathaniel Hawthorne’ (PhD, 2001)
  • Dana Chaker, ‘Child Abuse and Its Social Context: A Literary Study of Causes and Effects of Child Maltreatment in Gertrud Kolmar's Die jüdische Mutter, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Joan Riley's The Unbelonging’ (MA by Research, 2001)
  • Steven Davies, ‘A Study of the Heroic Ideal and Its Transformations in Classical and Mediaeval Epic’ (MA by Research, 1999)
  • Hanan Mahmud Ibrahim, ‘Tales of Two Houses: A Comparative Study of Some Arab and British Feminist Novels’ (PhD, 1999)
  • Elena Anastasaki, ‘Les Femmes écrivant les femmes: Les personnages féminins à travers l'oeuvre de quatre femmes écrivains du XIXème siècle (Madame de Staël, George Sand, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë)’ (MA by Research, 1998)
  • Andrew Holden, ‘The Artist Figure in E. T. A. Hoffmann's Der Artushof and Franz Kafka's Die Verwandlung' (MA by Research, 1998)




Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 19/09/2018