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Some of our PhD Candidates



Meghan Blythe Adams
MA (U of T), BA (Western)
My chief areas of interest include space, death and the body in video games. More broadly, I am interested in theories of play, particularly in relation to identity. My previous teaching experience includes courses on Effective Writing, the Graphic Novel, Science Fiction and Madness in Literature.

UC 56
madams42@uwo.ca


Kara Barfett
MA (Western), BEd (Western), BA (Western)
My research is divided between American and early modern literature. In particular, I am interested in formalism and the American modernist critique of Milton’s grand style, and simultaneous admiration of Shakespeare’s supposed articulation of emotion, or feeling. I also have interests in early American encounters with the new world, religion, and the scientific revolution.

UC 7
kbarfett@uwo.ca



2013-14 Graduate English Society
(GES) Co-Chair
Madison Bettle
MA (Western), BA (Queen's)
Victorian/19C. Secondary field: Postcolonial. I specialize in adventure fiction, masculinity, and the Indian Mutiny. My secondary interests include postcolonial ecocriticism. 

UC 56
mbettle@uwo.ca

CV


Donald Calabrese
MA (Western), BA (Cape Breton)
My primary research surrounds the manuscripts and "avant-texte" of James Joyce's Ulysses. I'm currently studying (re)naming in the Ulysses avant-texte and how it complicates the printed text of the novel. My secondary interests include Frank O'Hara, comix, Christopher Marlowe and the philosophy of language.

UC 8
dcalabre@uwo.ca


Kate Crossland-Smith
MA (U of T), BA (Waterloo), BMath (Waterloo)
My research interests primarily involve Middle English literature with an emphasis on the works of Chaucer and his contemporaries. Additional interests in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Women's Literature, Animal Studies, and Authoring. My Doctoral thesis concerns corporeal discourses in Middle English Literature, with an emphasis on the valuation of differently gendered bodies.

UC 206D
kcrossl2@uwo.ca


Nadine Fladd
MA (Wesern), BA (Wilfrid Laurier)
My primary field is Canadian literature. I study Canadian short story writers' contributions to The New Yorker magazine, the editorial process these contributions underwent, and theories of collaborative writing. My secondary field is women's writing and gender studies.
Supervisor: Dr. M. Jones


nfladd@uwo.ca

CV


Jeremy Greenway
MA (Carleton), BA (Western)
My research takes place primarily in twentieth-century literatures of British and Irish origin. Additional interests in psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and gender and sexuality studies inform my doctoral project on musical soundscapes and sexualities in the modern and postmodern fictions of both the UK and mainland Europe.
Supervisor: Dr. S. Bruhm

UC 378
jgreenwa@uwo.ca


David Huebert
MA (UVic), BA (Dalhousie)
Interests: dystopia and empire in contemporary fiction; poetry and poetics; transnational literature; creative writing; George Orwell; George Saunders; Rainer Maria Rilke; Sylvia Plath    

UC 171
dhuebert@uwo.ca

 


Frederick D. King
MA (Western), BA (UNBSJ), BBA (UNBSJ)
Victorian and Edwardian Literature and Culture; History of the Book and Textual Studies; Queer Theory; intersections of Nineteenth-Century Sexology and Erotica; Nineteenth- and Twenty-First Century theories of Progress and Capitalism.
Supervisor: Dr. C. Keep

UC 60
fking@uwo.ca

CV


Jeff King
MA (Alberta), BA (Alberta)
Romantic poetry and prose (especially Blake, Godwin, Coleridge, and Mary Shelley); eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thought and culture; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; ethics; history of ideas; theology.
Supervisor: Dr. T. Rajan

jking65@uwo.ca


Rebekah Ann Lamb
MA (Western), BA (Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, New Hampsire)
Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature. My primary work is on Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites. Other interests: “The House Beautiful”; Dickens; Victorian and Modern art, culture, ethics, and theology; Studies of the city; Psychoanalysis; Phenomenology; Holocaust testimony and memorialization; and genre studies.
Supervisor: Dr. D.M.R. Bentley

UC 168
rlamb2@uwo.ca


Mélissa LeBlanc
MA (Western), BA (Moncton)
Mélissa's primary interest is in literary adaptation, life writing, and contemporary 20th century British representations of Romantic and Victorian writers. She also has a strong secondary interest in Acadian literature and its presence in Anglophone literary criticism. Mélissa has been TA for Introduction to English Literature, the Storyteller's Art I & II, 20th Century British Literature, and Science Fiction.

UC 7
mlebla22@uwo.ca


Hanji Lee
MA (Toronto), BA (Toronto)
Research interests: Victorian British imperialism, South Asian Postcolonial literature, Postcolonial nationalism.

UC 8
hlee653@uwo.ca


Erica Leighton
MA (Carleton), BA (Carleton)
Research interests: The entire medieval period (500-1500) with a focus on mid-late medieval England; specifically, the ars memoria (art of memory) and its interpretations in the rhetorical narrative constructions of hagiography. Teaching experience: 5 years of teaching assistantships in a range of courses. I regularly teach on writing in video games, and guest lectured on Chaucer's Wife of Bath.
Supervisor: Dr. R. Moll

UC 61
eleight@uwo.ca


CV


Riley McDonald
MA (Dalhousie), BA (Trent)
Contemporary horror and science fiction, with specific emphasis on virality and its influence on political and social movements.

UC 8
rmcdon8@uwo.ca


Ali Narafshan
MA (Western), BA (Bahonar)
Ali Narafshan is specializing in early modern English drama. His areas of interest include domestic spaces, hospitality, gender, identity, male companionship, and construction of masculinity. His current project examines the homosocial economies of male friendship in relation to the privacy of the household and the heterosexual relationships it embodies.

UC 58
ahaddadn@uwo.ca


Meghan O'Hara
MA (Western), BA (McMaster)
My research focuses on 20th and 21st century British & Irish literature. More specifically, I’m interested in contemporary British drama, performance theory, and the wider role of theatre in contemporary society. 

UC 171
mohara4@uwo.ca


Christine Penhale
MA (UBC), BA (UFV)
Research Interests: Victorian period, botanical language, floral symbolism, Charles Darwin, John Ruskin, Virginia Woolf, theory.

UC 61
cpenhale@uwo.ca


Emily Pez
MA (Western), BA (King's UC, Western)
Research interests: Primary: Old and Middle English language and literature (particularly Chaucer, Lydgate, and ekphrasis). Secondary: Nineteenth-century British and Irish literature.
Supervisor: Dr. Russell Poole

UC 60
epez@uwo.ca


George Ramos
MFA (Michigan at Ann Arbor), BA (Dartmouth College)
Interests: Early Modern English Literature, Creative Writing (Poetry and Playwrighting)

UC 3A
rramos2@uwo.ca


Kirin Rogers
MPhil (Oxford), BA (UVic)
Medieval (particularly Old English and Old Norse) and history of the English language.

UC 206D
krogers3@uwo.ca


Shazia Sadaf
MPhil (Univ of Peshawar); MA, PhD (Univ of London)
Primary field: Postcolonial Studies
I am interested in issues of identity and cultural hybridity in selected postcolonial writings, more specifically in the South Asian context. I am also keen to look into the dynamics of emerging vocabularies as a result of the 'globalization' of English and its effects on the writings of the diaspora.

UC 8
ssadaf2@uwo.ca

CV



2013-14 Graduate English Society (GES) Co-Chair
Diana Samu-Visser
MA (Western), BA (Calgary)
My research concerns the cultural, socio-political, and ethical dimensions of technologies through which embodiment and archivization intersect, that is, the ways in which we literally and figuratively preserve the dead. Such technologies include cadaver plastination, postmortem photography, practices of deathcare, and material proxies for absent bodies. Other foundations and considerations include necropolitics, abjection, eroticism, death sentences, the ethics of necrography, the corpse in systems of circulation, and implicit/explicit depictions of necrophilia.
Supervisors: Dr. Jonathan Boulter & Dr. Joel Faflak

UC 169
dsamuvis@uwo.ca



2013-14 Lead GTA
Leif Schenstead-Harris
MA (Dalhousie), BA (Saskatchewan)
Research interests by subject: ghosts, hauntings, death, exchanges, silences, intensities, oceans, mourning, absence. Research interests by region: Anglo-Caribbean, South African & Afrikaner, and Irish literatures. Research interests in theory: affirmative deconstruction, transnational poetics, the global gothic & the weird, hauntologies, ecstatic identities. Teaching experience: introductory English courses, 2009 -- 2013.
Joint Supervisors: Dr J. Boulter & Dr. S. Bruhm

UC 125
lschenst@uwo.ca

CV


Megan Lynn Selinger
MA (York), BA (York)
My primary research in early modern drama investigates how performance disrupts the stability of play endings and enhances the narrative of the plays themselves. I also have interests in contemporary theatre and Shakespearean adaptation. My secondary field is the 19th century. Teaching experience: Shakespeare, Introduction to English, The Contemporary Gothic, and Madness and Culture.
Supervisor: Dr. M.J. Kidnie

UC 122
mseling@uwo.ca


Derek Shank
MA (Western), BA (Waterloo)
My primary research interests lie in Romantic period literature, particularly with regard to intellectual history and engagement with the Classical tradition.  I also have interests in Renaissance and Medieval literature, especially poetry.  I have been a teaching assistant for Children's Literature (English 2033E) and Speculative Fiction: Fantasy (English 2072G).

UC 3A
dshank2@uwo.ca


Mohammad Sharifi
MA, BA (University of Tehran)
My research engages with the modern grotesque in fiction as a genre that emerges as the expression of schizophrenia and paranoia in American literature, although its scope is wider than that.  I am interested in psychoanalysis and schizoanalysis, 20th century American fiction, comparative literature, and also Persian Literature.

UC 125
mshari5@uwo.ca


Kevin Shaw

UC 170
kshaw32@uwo.ca


Nidhi Shrivastava
MA (UMich), MA (Western), BA (U Connecticut)
I am interested in the representations of rape and sexual violence in India from the Partition to the contemporary times, especially in lieu of the recent polemic cases that have taken place in India. Specifically, I want to address the themes of silence and honour and the ways in which these elements shape a middle class Indian woman's subjectivity through a close analysis of novels, films, and online media.

UC 171
nshrivas@uwo.ca

CV


Andy Verboom
MA (Alberta), BA (Dalhousie)
My research considers the cultural politics of time in North American and Pacific settler states, particularly as informed by local histories of (a) colonial archival practice, theory, & affect and (b) Indigenous temporal theories and poetics. I also think about contemporary poetry, political apology, cultural inauthenticity, and archival post-secularity.

UC 52
averboom@uwo.ca


Mary Eileen Wennekers
MA (U of T), BA (York)
Mary Eileen Wennekers is interested in symbolic circuits of exchange and in the history of modernist optics. She is researching late nineteenth and early twentieth century narrative point of view in order to effect a reconfiguration of the notion of the modernist gaze within its material and visual contexts.
Supervisor: Dr. A. Pero

mwenneke@uwo.ca


Anne Young
MA (Windsor), BA (UNB), BFA (Mount Allison)
I dissertate on the subject of fetishized fatal phantom females while studying nineteenth-century British literature, literary theory and criticism, and all things Gothic. In my capacity as Teaching Assistant, I have Tirelessly Assisted undergraduates navigating Composition, Contemporary Gothic, Madness and Culture, Introduction to British Literature, and Understanding Literature Today.
Supervisor: Dr. S. Bruhm

UC 52
myoung82@uwo.ca


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