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PhD Scholarships: English Language and Literature

PhD Scholarships Wednesday 24 June 2015

Liverpool Hope had launched a series of PhD Scholarships and welcomes applications from outstanding individuals of a high calibre to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University in selected areas. We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and inter-disciplinary projects. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.

You can find full details about the Scholarships (link) or you can also contact Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting '2015 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships' for more information, by emailing

The Scholarships available will be selected from a range of specific project. Over the coming weeks, will profile the details of these areas of research.

English Language and Literature

Travel, place, and borderlands in late eighteenth-century British writing

Principal Investigator: Dr Zoe Kinsley and Dr Guy Cuthbertson

The English Department would like to offer a scholarship for the study of literary representations of travel and place in late eighteenth-century British writing, with particular emphasis on exploring the significance of border locations such as the coastline. Dr. Kinsley has worked extensively in this field. Her publications include the monograph Women Writing the Home Tour, 1682-1812, and she is currently co-editing Travel Writing: 100 Keywords (forthcoming with Anthem Press). Her current work focuses upon eighteenth-century coastal travel in Britain. Dr. Guy Cuthbertson is currently editing Edward Thomas's walking book The Icknield Way and his cycling book In Pursuit of Spring.

Through the work of Dr. Kinsley Liverpool Hope has established a long-standing research collaboration with the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores in the field of travel writing and the authorship of place. In 2007 she co-established the Liverpool Travel Seminar, a research forum which enables cross-institutional dialogue whilst also expanding national and international networks of scholars working on travel and place. There are many opportunities for a PhD student to benefit from, and contribute to, these research networks.


Life-Writing and the Literature of the First World War

Principal Investigators: Guy Cuthbertson and William Blazek

The PhD student will investigate the literature of the First World War in relation to autobiographies, biographies, letters and memoirs.  While the research project would be specifically focused on this topic, the approach and methodology might incorporate the following: the relationship between literature and journalism; self-portraiture in poetry; the literariness of non-fiction; the use and misuse of biography in the classroom; war writing and the literary career; literature and portrait-painting.  The project will involve the use of archive material, such as unpublished letters, diaries, interviews and photographs.  Locally, there is important manuscript material in Liverpool and Manchester, but the student would also easily be able to use archives at Cardiff, Durham, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and many other cities.  The First World War is one of the research strengths of the English Department, and the library at Liverpool Hope has a large collection of First World War material. 

Guy Cuthbertson has written a successful biography of Wilfred Owen (Yale University Press, 2014) and edited Edward Thomas’s prose, including his autobiographical writings.  He is a General Editor of the major OUP series of Thomas’s prose, and has edited or co-edited two volumes, and is working on a third.  William Blazek has published widely on American literature of the First World War.  

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