PhD Success: Yifang Wang

Dr Yifang Wang recently completed her PhD thesis (‘Translating metaphor from both directions: a process-oriented study’) in Translation at Durham University, where she also did her MA, after a BA at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. We caught up with her to learn more about her research and her post-PhD life. Congratulations on your PhD! Can you… Continue reading PhD Success: Yifang Wang


PhD viva success – Rania al-Ardawe: The Poetic Image of Water in Jāhilī and Andalusian Poetry

Rania al-Ardawe has recently passed her PhD viva with minor corrections. Rania's thesis is entitled 'The Poetic Image of Water in Jāhilī and Andalusian Poetry; A Phenomenological Comparative Study'. Her abstract is below. Many congratulations to Rania! Abstract: The subject of the poetic image in Classical Arabic poetry is considered to be one of the most… Continue reading PhD viva success – Rania al-Ardawe: The Poetic Image of Water in Jāhilī and Andalusian Poetry

PhD Success

Congratulations to Shaymaa Abdou (Arabic, supervised by Professor Daniel Newman), who successfully defended her PhD thesis on Friday 13th November. The thesis is entitled 'Narratives of Selfhood: A Study of the Arabic Biographical Novel, 1967-2010'. Abstract Scholarship on the Arabic novel often approaches it in light of questions of national consciousness, identity formation and contact with the West. This study relates the traditional fictional… Continue reading PhD Success

PhD Success

We are pleased to announce the successful outcome of Polina Kliuchnikova's viva for her PhD thesis, 'Linguistic biographies and communities of language of Russian speakers in Great Britain'. Abstract: In migration language undergoes crucial changes. Not only are the linguistic practices of migrants reshaped in the new environment, but migrant displacement has a major effect on the… Continue reading PhD Success

PhD Success: Anna Hurina

Last week we brought you the news of Anna Hurina's successful PhD defence. Below is the abstract for her thesis. Representations of Urban Spaces and Their Transformations in Soviet Cinema of the 1920s and 1960s ABSTRACT: This dissertation explores the correlations between planned/constructed urban environments and the depiction of the city in films. The research… Continue reading PhD Success: Anna Hurina

PhD success: Federico Casari

Earlier this week we carried the news of two recent successful PhD defences. In this post we bring you the abstract of Federico Casari's thesis. "The Origin of the 'Elzeviro'. Literature and Journalism in Italy, 1870-1920" Abstract: My research is the very first historically informed investigation to offer an account of the origin of the elzeviro. The elzeviro was… Continue reading PhD success: Federico Casari