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Postgraduate research in English

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MA Candidates

Charlotte Cook

BA Hons English (Otago)

Topic: Nature, the natural world, and eco-criticism in CS Lewis

Email cooch447@student.otago.ac.nz

Supervisor: Dr Paul Tankard

Leslie den Toon

BA Honors combined - English and Classics (Otago)

Topic: The Last Days of Pompeii and the Victorians.

Email denle934@student.otago.ac.nz

Supervisor: Associate Professor Thomas McLean

Sandra Jones

BA Hons English and Old Norse (Wales)

Topic: Are we on the same journey? The exiled wanderer and the practical pilgrim in the early medieval period

Email sandra.jones@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Supervisor: Associate Professor Simone Marshall

Briar McBurney

BA English Studies (Otago)

Topic: Recreating the Medieval: Fantasy Media and Medieval Beliefs

Email mcbr662@student.otago.ac.nz

Sam Stevens

BA Hons Art History and Theory (Otago)

Topic: Use of light in Medieval Art

Email  stesa138@student.otago.ac.nz

Supervisor: Associate Professor Simone Marshall

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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

Email demichancxm@gmail.com

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Rachel Connor

PhD Topic: Richard Holland’s Buke of the Howlat

Email: conra395@student.otago.ac.nz

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Sarper Dorter

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

Email dorsa219@student.otago.ac.nz

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Jasmine Gallagher

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

Email galja734@student.otago.ac.nz

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Roberto Suazo Gomez

(or Robert, if you prefer)

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

Email suaro026@student.otago.ac.nz 

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Rakibul Hasan Khan image 2020Md. Rakibul Hasan Khan

Qualifications: MPhil, MA, and BA (Honours) in English (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh)

PhD Topic: Globalization, the Environment, and the Postcolony: Studies in Selected South Asian Novels in English of the Twenty-First Century

Research Interests: postcolonial and eco-postcolonial studies, globalization, and diaspora studies

Email khara602@student.otago.ac.nz

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Chris Lam

BSc in Genetics, minor in Zoology; BA (Hons) in Media and Communication Studies, minor in Sociology

Topic: Precarity, Play and Posthumanism: Tracing the New Weird from Gothic Literature to Art Games

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Dave Ciccoricco

Research Interests: critical theory, queer theory, autonomism, posthumanism, animal studies, trauma studies, speculative fiction.

Email chrislam@keemail.me

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Claire Lacey

Topic: Poetry and Brain Injury

Email laccl714@student.otago.ac.nz

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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.

Email robynmareepickens@outlook.co.nz

Web https://robynmareepickens.com/

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Essa May Ranapiri imageEssa May Ranapiri

MA in Creative Writing (Victoria University of Wellington), and BA (Honours) in English (University of Waikato) BA in History (University of Waikato) Undergraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Studies (University of Waikato)

Topic: Takatāpui Toikupu and the Cyborg, an investigation into poetry by contemporary takatāpui writers and how they utilise the cyborg in content and form to realise Mana Takatāpui

Primary Supervisor: Professor Jacob Edmond

Research Interests: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, Philosophy of Technology.

Email essawrites@outlook.co.nz

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Adam Stewart

Qualifications: BA Hons. English Literature/Music Studies (Victoria University, Wellington), MA Creative Writing (IIML)

PhD Topic: "Toitū: the story of a stream" - Deconstruction, the New Historicism and Digital Historical Fiction

Research Interests: deconstruction, narratology, gaming and the digital humanities

Email stead429@student.otago.ac.nz

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Pamela Treanor image 2021Pamela Treanor

Qualifications: BA in History, Massey University; PGDip Librarianship, Victoria University of Wellington; GradDip Russian, University of Otago, MA English, University of Otago.

PhD Topic: “Layers of Intent and Meaning in Medieval European Lettered Textiles, and Their Portrayal in Literature”

Research Interests: Medieval literature, textile history, bibliography, NZ theatre history

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Rushi Vyas image 2020Rushi Vyas

Education: BS (University of Michigan), MFA (University of Colorado-Boulder)

PhD Topic: Creative/Critical: Rituals of Relinquishment and Poetry of the Extreme Present

Research Interests: Creative Practice, Creative Writing, Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Decolonial Theory, Race and Poetry, Performance Studies

Web rushivyas.org

Email vyaru178@student.otago.ac.nz

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Louise Wallace

PhD Topic: Womanhood in Contemporary Long-Form Narrative Poetry

Email mealo128@student.otago.ac.nz

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Eileen Yu

Topic: Virginia Woolf and the cinema

Primary Supervisor: Dr Rochelle Simmons

Research Interests: Virginia Woolf, Modernism, cinema studies, visual cultures, feminism.

Email yuei5909@otago.student.ac.nz

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Yu Zhang 张宇

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

Email zhayu888@student.otago.ac.nz

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