Meet the Wolfson Scholars

Meet the Wolfson Scholars

Here you can find details of the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholars, their areas of research and links to external and academic profiles.

Year started Name University Thesis title and area of research Academic profile
2013 Duncan Sneddon Edinburgh
Adomnán's Vita Sancti Columbae as a literary production

Adomnán's Vita Sancti Columbae, a hagiography written in c. 700, is an important source for early medieval Scottish and Irish history. I am researching it as a literary production, trying to understand it better on its own terms, and in relation to what I call ‘adjacent literatures’.
2013 Gemma Tidman Oxford Teaching Literature. The Birth of Modern ‘Littérature’ in French Education, 1750 to the Revolution
My thesis looks at how the modern notion of French ‘littérature’ (broadly understood as a corpus of aesthetically pleasing and socially valued texts) emerged in the context of late Ancien Régime debates about how best to educate future French citizens (specifically, the ‘grands hommes’ of the state).
2013 Hannah Leach Sheffield Voices of the Potteries: language, identity and social history in Stoke-on-Trent
Using oral history data, I aim to explore how the identities and social relationships of those working in Stoke-on-Trent's world-famous pottery industry are expressed through their language. I am conducting an acoustic sociophonetic analysis of their accent features and investigating links to identity, stance and group belonging.

2013 Aaron Ackerley Sheffield  Discourse During Depression: Economic Ideas in the Interwar British Press
My thesis examines how the interwar British press presented economic ideas, focusing on five daily newspapers: The Times, the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and the Daily Herald. It charts how economic narratives were constructed in the newsroom, presented in print, and consumed by readers.

2014 Gary Hutchison Edinburgh The Origins of the Scottish Conservative Party, 1832–1868
My thesis focuses on the structure, activities, and ideology of the Scottish Conservative party, between 1832 and 1868.  I examine its organisational structure, and how this relates to Scottish and British political culture.  I also look at the developing ideological character of the party in both Scottish and British contexts.

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2014 Sibyl Adam Edinburgh

The Affective Everyday in Narratives of Muslim Women Migrating to the UK 1906 - 2012
My thesis theorises migration as an everyday experience using affect theory. I analyse a range of literary narratives about Muslim women migrating to the UK since the Edwardian era, including travel writing and contemporary novels, in order to argue for the importance of emotional knowledge and experience in postcolonial studies.

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2014 Olivia Ferguson Edinburgh

Perfect Deformity: Caricature and the Novel in the Romantic Period 
‘Caricature’ was a contentious term in early nineteenth-century Britain. Diverse concepts of caricature circulated, some of them idiosyncratic, and many of them looking beyond the context of graphic satire. My research explores emerging concepts of the caricaturistic in the Romantic period, with a focus on the novels of Thomas Love Peacock, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Jane Austen, and Walter Scott.

2014 Jaroslaw Jozefowski Sheffield The conceptualisation of the Self: an empirical study of the middle voice in Polish with extensions into English
My thesis focuses on Polish reflexive/middle verbs. In my research, I try to establish whether the reflexive/middle markers used with verbs correspond to the conceptualisation of the Self in Polish. I also explore the very nature and existence of grammatical categories in natural languages.

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2014 John Latham SOAS Political Authority among the Alans of the North Caucasus 800-1300 
My wider research interests include the formation of the state, oral history and folklore, modern nationalist historiography, and forms of authority and governance in wider Eurasia. 
2014 Simon Leese SOAS (Re)producing Arabic Literature in 18th and 19th Century North India
My research focuses on Arabic poetry and literary anthologies produced in North India. I examine how Arabic formed part of a multilingual system, and how the aesthetics and practices of Arabic literary sociability, such as poetic letter writing, helped to link India to other parts of the Arabic world.
2015 Rebecca Sugden Cambridge "Qui dit art, dit mensonge": Secrets and Lies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature 
My project explores how secrecy as narrative necessity interacts with the cultural constructions and ideological permutations of authenticity and authority in nineteenth-century French literary texts, with a focus on the representation of conspiracy and conspiracy theory in the work of Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, Eugène Sue and Émile Zola.

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2015 Simeon Burke  Edinburgh 'Render to Caesar the things of Caesar and to God the things of God': An Investigation Into the Pre-Constantinian Reception of Jesus' Command
My thesis examines the interpretations of the command to 'render to Caesar the things of Caesar and to God the things of God' in early Christian literature before Constantine (c. 312 CE).

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2015 Elesabeth Woolley SOAS Horses and Sin as Representational Mechanisms in the Heike Monogatari corpus 
My thesis investigates the depiction of horses and sinful behaviour in Japanese War Tales, including how they interrelate, and their influence on our understanding of these stories. I will assess the historiographical implications of their role, evaluating how these two key elements have reconstructed our understanding of real historical events.

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2015 Sarah Osmond Smith Southampton Descriptions of Well Employed and Wasted Time in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Letters and Writing
In particular, I am interested in how the female members of the bluestocking circle wrote about the potential, value and purpose of their time, with reference to the philosophy and theology of the period.

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2015 Matt Griffin UCL The Imagined Environment and American Politics in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
My dissertation investigates American ideas about the natural world in the mid-nineteenth century and how these interacted with the tumultuous political developments that dominated this period. While technological advances appeared to demonstrate man's increased power over nature, I will show that many Americans continued to rely on environmentally determinist views to understand their world.

2015 Bryan Karetnyk UCL Sirin and His Contemporaries: The Works of Vladimir Nabokov within the Literary and Cultural Context of the Russian Emigration
This project aims to explore the artistic development of the Russian-born émigré writer Vladimir Nabokov, situating, through a series of comparative studies, his formative Russian-language oeuvre within the wider literary and cultural discourses of the first wave of Russian emigration in Western Europe.

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2015 Rebecca Carnevali Warwick Creating an Urban Reading Public: Cheap Print in Early-Modern Bologna
My project explores the relationship between book and print production in early modern Italian political life; in particular, it aims to assess the relationship between the pervasive distribution and consumption of cheap print in post-Tridentine Bologna and the conditions for the exercise of power targeted necessarily at a broad urban audience.

2015 Liam Lewis Warwick Animal Sound and Poetic Meaning-Making in Medieval Literature from Britain
My current work explores the themes of animal sound, noise, and language in medieval literature, including polylingual treatises, bestiaries, and lyric poetry. My work challenges some theoretical assumptions in contemporary Animal Studies by focusing on how language, especially in medieval poetry, is used to create meaning and to contribute to our understanding of human/animal relations.

2016 Jules O'Dwyer  Cambridge Articulating Queer Space: Architecture, Ekphrasis, Geopolitics
My project explores cinematic articulations of 'queer space' by placing continental spatial thought, queer theory and film-philosophy into dialogue with works by French and Francophone artists including Jacques Nolot, Vincent Dieutre and Abdellah Taïa.
2016 Aran Ward Sell Edinburgh Legacies of Modernism in the British and Irish Novel post-2010 
My research considers the lasting relevance of debates concerning the radical potential of "Modernist" art. I am examining the continued use of avowedly Modernist techniques such as stream-of-consciousness in the work of current British and Irish novelists such as Eimear McBride, Jon McGregor, Will Self and Kevin Barry.

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2016 Alexander Hardie-Forsyth Oxford


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2016 Gwen Burnyeat UCL The Social History of Bridge-Building in Transitional Geopolitical Conjunctures: Colombia’s Hidden Peace Processes 
The Colombian peace talks with FARC between 2012-2016 produced what I call a transitional geopolitical conjuncture, understood as the convergence of cultural and political processes, in which previously polarised state and non-state groups began to interact in new and complex ways. My research will use historical and ethnographic methods to carry out a historical anthropology of these bridge-building scenarios to reveal 'Colombia's hidden peace processes'.
2016 Lola Boorman York American Literature / “Make grammar do”: the institutional and pedagogical impact of grammar on modern and contemporary American literature.
My research focuses on modern and contemporary American literature, in particular the impact of institutional and pedagogical practice on literary production. My other research interests include Latin American literature, the short story, the literary essay, transcultural and bilingual fiction, and translation studies.