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Research students project showcase

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To discuss your ideas please feel free to contact Dr Andrew Lawson (Reader in American Literature and Postgraduate Research Tutor); or Professor Ruth Robbins (Director of Research for Cultural Studies).

Alternatively, to find out more about postgrduate study visit The Graduate School.

Our research students

Plus Icon Mark Butterfield - a local institutional case study of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston

Mark’s research project is a local institutional case study of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston.

His project investigates the impact of the First World War on the mental health of soldiers and civilians, both during and after the conflict.

Soldiers suffering with “shell-shock” have become synonymous with mental health concerns during the First World War, and this project will show that the situation was much more complex.


Picture of four patients from the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Images from West Yorkshire Archive Services C488 Patient Casebooks

Plus Icon Catherine Goddard - AHRC Heritage Consortium
Catherine Goddard

Catherine’s research focuses on evaluating the impact of different types of heritage interpretation at historic houses on the visitor experience for different audiences.

She conducted and analysed data from personal observations, reflective journals, interviews and visitor questionnaires.


Research student, Catherine Goddard standing in front of a stately home

Fern Pullan

Women’s Writing in Popular Genres, 1790-1870: Gothic, Silver Fork, and Sensation.

"My work traces the development of a gendered literary canon of popular fiction, focusing on the gothic, silver fork and sensation literature of the long C19. I dispute the teleological categorisation of genre in favour of a more fluid development influenced by socio-cultural contexts that particularly resonate for the woman writer."


Sketch of an old newspaper advertising a novel

Plus Icon Annisa Suliman - the formation of the Victorian working and lower middle-class identity
Annisa Suliman

The focus of Annisa’s PhD is the formation of the Victorian working and lower middle-class identity.

Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper (1853-1867) is used as a case study to examine the impact of writer/reader interactions on the content of the highly successful penny title, and on the notion of what it meant to be a “modern” reader.


Pile of Victorian newspapers

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