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Postgraduate profiles

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MA Candidates

Beth Chapman

BA English Studies (Otago)

Topic: Animal Language: Interspecies Interactions in the Works of Clarice Lispector and Jorie Graham


Pearl Gray

BA English Studies (Otago)

Topic: Beyond the Psychoanalytic: The Critical and Historical Representation of Undiagnosed Mental Illness in Fiction


Nat Moore

BA English Studies (Otago)

MA Topic: Computational Poetry


Orion Carey-Clarkorioncareyclark

BA Hons (Otago)

MA Topic: Violence in the Theatre and Film of Martin McDonagh

Research Interests: Irish Theatre and film, Martin McDonagh, Representation of violence in Irish theatre, Irish theatre history,


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PhD Candidates

Demi Chen Demi Chen

MA English (Shenzhen University)

PhD Topic: Cross-cultural encounters in contemporary Chinese long poems

Research Interests: comparative literature; poetry and music; T. S. Eliot; modernism; intertextuality; feminism


Majella Cullinane Majella Cullinane

BA English and Italian (University College Dublin) HDipELT (University of Limerick) MA Publishing (Oxford Brookes University) MLitt in Creative Writing (St Andrews University)

PhD Topic: Representations of the island in Irish fiction, with particular focus on the short story. My PhD is in Creative Practice, and will comprise of critical and creative writing.

Research Interests: Short story, poetry, fiction, and creative writing pedagogy


Sarper Dorter

Topic: From Yesterday’s Rubble to the Futuer Edgelands: Designated Temporalities and the Ruinscapes of Africa


Jasmine Gallagher

PhD Topic: The New Sincerity in Contemporary New Zealand Poetry and Art


Roberto Suazo Gomez

(or Robert, if you prefer)

Topic: Women’s Laughter in Classical and Medieval Literature and Culture


Paramjeet Kaur ParamjeetKaur

BSc (University of Delhi, India), MA in English Literature (Shiv Nadar University, India)

PhD Topic: Dynamics of spectacular theatrical violence in early modern tragedies

Research Interests: Early modern history and drama (tragedies specifically), violence and spectacle, punitive measures of the early modern times


Claire Lacey

Topic: Poetry and Brain Injury


Emer LyonsEmer

Qualifications: B.A. (Joint Honours) Archaeology and Sociology, UCC, Cork, Ireland ; M.A. Sociology, UCC, Cork, Ireland

PhD Topic: Shame in Queer Contemporary Poetry in Ireland and New Zealand

Research Interests: Queer Theory, Poetic and Lyric Theory, Feminism, Affect Theory, Sociology of Emotion, Queer Theology, Irish Studies, Performance Studies.

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Robyn Maree Pickens

Qualifications: MA in Art History

PhD Topic: An eco-poetics of love: eros, saina and syntropy in the work of Juliana Spahr, Craig Santos Perez, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy.

Research Interests: Ecological aesthetics in critical and creative practices. Robyn's poetry and text-based work was exhibited at Artspace, Auckland in March 2018, and she curated an exhibition on ecological themes at Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin in May-June 2018. Robyn’s poetry has appeared in SAND (2018), Cordite (2018), Plumwood Mountain (2018), Matador Review (2017), Jacket 2 (2017), and her poetry criticism has appeared in Rain Taxi (2018) and Jacket 2 (2017). She was a finalist of the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize judged by Eileen Myles, and the winner of the takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize 2018.


Julian Real

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in English, MA English (Otago)

Topic: Making Men: The ‘Cockered’ Child and the Recreation of Masculinity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Drama


April Salchertaprils

BA English (University of Illinois at Chicago), MA English Literature (Uppsala University)

PhD Topic: "Encounters with the Other in Digital Fiction" examines how authors of digital fiction express Otherness, and how digital fiction may provoke or prevent empathy for the marginalized Other.

Research Interests: digital fiction, game studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and the digital humanities


Suzanne (Zexuan) Sun Suzanne

BA British and American Literature (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies), MA Translation (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

PhD Topic: A quest for utopia in New Zealand: A comparative study of the utopian writings and practices of James K. Baxter and Gu Cheng

Research Interests: Comparative literature, Utopian studies, translation studies, poetry and politics


Elizabeth Wilson

MNZM, BA French and German (Canterbury), MA (Hons) First Class German (Canterbury),
GradDip (Otago) Endorsed in English, DipTchg (Christchurch Teachers' College), CELTA (CCEL)Elizabeth Wilson

PhD Topic: Re-gendering the discourse of settler colonialism. An analysis of selected works by Robin Hyde and Elspeth Sandys and their contributions to the re-gendering of the settler colonialist discourse in New Zealand literature through metaphors related to family, marriage, motherhood, childhood, adolescence, illegitimacy and adoption, and through their depictions of a re-gendered search for personal and creative identity against the backdrop of New Zealand's settler colonial and post-colonial search for self-definition and national identity

Research Interests: New Zealand literature; settler colonialism and post-colonialism; gender and identity; autobiography and memoir


Sue Wootton Sue-Wootton

PhD Topic: Beyond disease to human meaning: discovering illness in literature

Research Interests: Medical humanities, creative writing


Please also see her entry on the Scottish Studies webpage and her creative writing website

Yu Zhang 张宇

PhD Topic: Reading Poetry in English through the Chinese Poetic Concept of “Idea-scape,” or yijing 意境


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