PhD Successes

As another academic year nears its end, it's time to recognise the achievements of four MLAC students who have recently completed their PhDs. Congratulations to all of you! Michael Foulkes has successfully defended his thesis “An Analysis of Writing as a Career in Seventeenth-century France Based on a Comparative Study of the Career Histories of Jean racine,… Continue reading PhD Successes


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 successes

Congratulations to Federico Casari (Italian Studies) and Anna Hurina (Russian Studies), who successfully defended their PhD theses on Friday October 2nd. Federico’s thesis, entitled "The Origin of the 'Elzeviro'. Literature and Journalism in Italy, 1870-1920”  and supervised by Professor Carlo Caruso, was examined by Professor Ann Caesar (Warwick) and Dr Annalisa Cipollone (Durham). Anna’s thesis, entitled ‘Representations of Urban… Continue reading PhD successes

Pauline Moret-Jankus defends her PhD thesis

Pauline Moret-Jankus has defended her PhD thesis entitled 'Race, imaginaire biologique et identité dans À la recherche du temps perdu'. Pauline was supervised by Dr Marie-Claire Barnet and Prof Lucille Cairns. The thesis was examined by Professor Margaret Topping (QUB) and Dr Gerald Moore (Durham), with Dr Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze as independent chair.  The thesis was funded with a… Continue reading Pauline Moret-Jankus defends her PhD thesis

Gianpiera Conti defends her PhD thesis in Italian cinema.

Gianpiera Conti defended her thesis today and passed with minor corrections. The thesis, entitled 'Interacting with Horror: Archaeology of the Italian horror Genre from its Origins until the Eighties. Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava and Dario Argento' was supervised by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze and Santiago Fouz Hernández. It was examined by Dr Federico Federici (Durham) and Dr Francesca Billiani… Continue reading Gianpiera Conti defends her PhD thesis in Italian cinema.

Rosemary Mitchell-Schuitevoerder defends her PhD in Translation Studies.

Rosemary Mitchell-Schuitevoerder defended her PhD thesis today and passed with minor corrections. Her thesis is entitled A Project-Based Syllabus. Design Innovative Pedagogy in Translation Studies. Rosemary’s work was examined by Professor Dorothy Kenny (Dublin City University) and Dr Maeve Olohan (Manchester University) with Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham) as independent chair. Rosemary’s thesis was supervised by Dr Federico Federici.