PhD theses

| In progress | Completed

Here is a list of ongoing and completed doctoral projects being conducted by our doctoral students. They are encouraged to publish their research already at this stage in their career in peer-reviewed journals and collected volumes.

In progress

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Blair Hazel The Cult of Robert of Knaresborough and the Trinitarian Order in Late Medieval England. Prof. Denis Renevey.
Casulli Florence «I guess you think you know this story» : intertextuality and metatextuality in Roald Dahl’s children’sbooks and their French translations. Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère
Dawson James David Foster Wallace and Alienation. Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik.
Hegedüs Kader Donne's narrative of space: geographical, astronomical and spatial dimensions of John Donne's poetry. Dr Kirsten Stirling.
Heim Cécile Denaturalizing the Law: Sexual Violence, Race and the Land in Native American Crime Fiction's Negotiation of Justice and the Law. Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik and Prof. Valerie Cossy.
Laughery Vincent Metaphor, affect and agency in Shakespeare’s tragedies. Prof. Kevin Curran.
Loesch Juliette Dancing between Languages and Art Forms. The Transcreative Dynamics of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé from the Page to the Stage. Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère.
Loetscher Audrey Environmental Policy and National Identity: A Contemporary Genealogy of the US’s Culture of Unsustainability​. Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik and Prof. Christian Arnsperger (Faculty of Geosciences and Environment​).
Marshall Camille Playing and Doubting the Godhead in the Towneley Scriptural Plays. Prof. Denis Renevey.
Pernet Sonia Divine Aqueducts: Fluid Imagery in the Sermons of John Donne. Dr Kirsten Stirling.
Reilly Andrew Representations of Space and Cultural Practices in Seventeenth-Century London Comedies. Prof. Kevin Curran.
Tyagi Shruti Domesticity and Interiority in the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. Boris Vejdovsky.
Zein Najat English in the expanding circle: the case of Morocco. Prof. Jürg Schwyter.


Name Title Supervisor(s) & Year Completed
Oudesluijs Tino Language Variation and Change in Coventry (c. 1400-1700). Prof. Anita Auer, 2019
Rochat Alessia US President 2.0 or How Netizens Remix and Redefine Politics: from Abstract Pre-Election Discourse to Its Concrete Textual Organization. Prof. Anita Auer, 2019
Walz Marie Emilie Reading Spells Backwards: Allegories of Violence and Love in Edmund Spenser’s and Angela Carter’s Fairy-Tale and Speculative Fiction Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, 2018.
Nisbet Rachel Navigating Doubled Terrain: Reading Rivers to Connect Literary and Geological Texts. Prof. Rachel Falconer, 2018.
Lindholm Philip Synaesthesia in Literature of the Romantic Period. Prof. Rachel Falconer, 2018.
Berström-Allen Johan Communities of the Common Word: The Vernacular Literary & Bibliographic Activities of the Carmelite Order in Medieval England. Prof. Denis Renevey, 2017.
Denissen Diana The  Anchoress Transformed: Late Medieval Religiosity in a Middle English Compilation Culture. Prof. Denis Renevey, 2017.
Hughes Roxane Foot-Binding in Chinese American Literature. Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik, 2017.
Giraldo Isis Contemporary Fantasies of the Colombian Nation: Beauty, Citizenship, and Sex. Prof. Valérie Cossy and Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik, 2017.
Riggs Ashley Thrice Upon a Time: Feminist Fairy-Tale Rewritings by Angela Carter and Emma Donoghue, and Their French Translations. Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère and Prof. Lance Hewson (ETI, Uni. Genève), 2014.
Chassot Joanne Ghosts in Contemporary African Diasporic Literature: Re-visioning History, Memory and Identity. Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik, 2013.
Vuille Juliette Holy Harlots: Authority, Gender, and the Body in Medieval English Hagiography Prof. Denis Renevey, 2013.
Fachard Alexandre A critical edition of Joseph Conrad's "Because of the dollars" (Within the Tides, 1915). Neil Forsyth, 2009.
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