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The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
CLARK, Andrew John The Death of the Other: paradoxes of subjectivity in Derrida’s autobiographical thought
FORD, Jane Vampiric Enterprise: Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in the Literature and Culture of the Fin de Siecle***

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The Centre for Studies in Literature was established in 2009 to raise the profile of literary studies at the University of Portsmouth, and to highlight the quality of its members, all of whom are respected or rising researchers in their respective fields.

Members of the Centre for Studies in Literature belong to external research organisations. Pulham is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College and is an executive board member of the British Association of Victorian Studies.

Finnerty is a board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society, and founder of the UK branch;

Wolfreys is the General Editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s Transition series, and the Series Editor for Critical Studies in Victorian Culture published by Edinburgh University Press. In addition he will shortly be series editor of a new EUP series, Edinburgh Nineteenth-Century Reprints. Wolfreys is also the founding editor of Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914.  

Centre for Studies in Literature members sit on the editorial boards of journals, including Clues (Pittard), the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and Victoriographies (Pulham), the Emily Dickinson Journal (Finnerty).

Readers for refereed journals include the Forum for Modern Language Studies (Davies), The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Dew), National Identities (Berberich),  Literature, Interpretation, Theory (Rousselot).

Readers for major British, European, and American academic publishers include EUP (Rosenquist), Palgrave and Ashgate (Berberich), Routledge and Broadview Press (Pittard), and Pickering & Chatto (Pulham).

Keynote lectures include Wolfreys: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, University of Brighton, University of Vechta, Germany (all 2012); Berberich, Warwick (2013); Finnerty, Oxford (2010); while recent talks have been given at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Wolfreys, 2012); and the University of Málaga (Pulham, 2013).

Successful major international conferences and symposia include: ‘The Other Dickens’ (July 2012), and ‘Trauma & Memory: The Holocaust in Contemporary Literature’ (July 2013). Since 2010. The Centre for Studies in Literature has also held an annual themed international postgraduate conference, including ‘Materiality & Corporeality’ (2013). The Centre has co-hosted conferences with other institutions in the UK and abroad including one of its annual symposia: ‘Imaginary Europes’ (2012), hosted in association with Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany, Techniche-Universität Darmstadt, Germany and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, as well as. ‘Swinburne: A Centenary Conference’ (2010, with QMUL, and Trinity Coll. Oxford at the Institute of English Studies); ‘World War II and Popular Culture’ (2011, Brighton and Strathclyde), ‘Affective Landscapes’ (2012, Derby), and in Portsmouth, with CEISR, ‘Early Modern Exclusions’ (2010).

Public engagement lectures have been given to the Tennyson Society in association with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, Dimbola Lodge Museum, Isle of Wight (Finnerty and Boyce), and in honour of Holocaust Memorial Day at the D-Day Museum, Southsea (Berberich). In 2012, Berberich also took part in a round-table discussion on National Identity & Patriotism with Ed Miliband, at Westminster.

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