‘Andrew Jackson, I am given to understand, was a patriot and a traitor. He was one of the greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of war. A writer brilliant, elegant, eloquent, and without being able to compose a correct sentence, or spe... Read More about Part 1 - Scenes from the Storm Andrew Jackson - The Road to the Presidency A Drama. Part 2 - The Story of the Storm: Issues of History, Genre, and Truth in Scenes from the Storm.
Henry James and the Quest for the Holy Grail: Victorian Medievalism and Modern Criticism (2023)
This article offers two case studies. The first examines James’s encounters with medieval buildings in his early travel writings. The second takes as its starting point James’s involvement in The Quest of the Holy Grail, a text which accompanied an 1... Read More about Henry James and the Quest for the Holy Grail: Victorian Medievalism and Modern Criticism.
The overall aims of this article are to revisit one of the key contributions to narratology of the late twentieth century, Juri Lotman's The origin of plot in the light of typology of 1973, to attempt to determine its place in Lotman's work as a whol... Read More about ‘By creating plot texts, man learnt to distinguish plots in life and thus to make sense of life’: a discussion of narratology in the work of Juri Lotman.
My thesis investigates space, hauntings and youth culture in Manchester with two projects: a novel and a critical dissertation. The novel is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Ashton-under-Lyne. Modern English explores the experience of gro... Read More about 1. Modern English. 2. The regenerating city: space, hauntings and youth culture in the post-millennial Manchester novel.
4:23 PM, Relaxant (2021)
The practical component of this thesis is a collection of poems entitled 4:23 PM, Relaxant, which consists of an original collection of verse written mainly in the confessional tradition. The collection addresses a number of themes including family a... Read More about 4:23 PM, Relaxant.
May Sinclair and the Brontë myth: rewilding and dissocializing Charlotte (2020)
This article surveys May Sinclair’s writing on the Brontë sisters in order to chart her revisionist impulse with relation to their reputation, her anxiety about her own literary reputation, genius in women and intellectual self-sufficiency. I argue t... Read More about May Sinclair and the Brontë myth: rewilding and dissocializing Charlotte.
Avenue (rue) Coloniale (2019)
This prose-poem is part of a larger critical-creative project on Montreal, which mixes memoir, feminist theory and literature. A key intertext is Nicole Brossard's French Kiss (1974), a celebration of language and desire. In Brossard’s counter-cultur... Read More about Avenue (rue) Coloniale.
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This thesis examines the work of Tilly Kettle (1735-1786), the first professional British artist to work in India, and focuses on his portraiture in a quarter-century that saw Britain defeat European rivals during the Seven Years’ War, gain India, an... Read More about Tilly Kettle’s portraiture and the art of identity in eighteenth-century Britain and India.
Neural Caption Generation for News Images (2018)
Automatic caption generation of images has gained significant interest. It gives rise to a lot of interesting image-related applications. For example, it could help in image/video retrieval and management of vast amount of multimedia data available o... Read More about Neural Caption Generation for News Images.
This paper argues that Quakerism was an important influence on a number of eighteenth and nineteenth-century American writers. Looking at the work of, among others, Charles Brockden Brown, Robert Montgomery Bird, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Greenlea... Read More about “What they seek for is in themselves: Quaker Language and Thought in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century American literature.".
A Programmed Course in Old English (1969)
Old English language teaching resource originally published by Keele University Library in 1969.
There has been some sociological interest in MG Rover’s decline and widespread deindustrialisation in Birmingham. However, little research has considered the proximity of Rover’s closure in 2005 to another seminal event for the city – the opening of... Read More about A Birmingham psychogeography: continuity and closure (Volume 2).
This thesis comprises a critical essay and practice-led research in the form of a full-length novel, Void, that constitutes my original contribution to knowledge. The critical essay comprises three principal chapters, the first of which is a memoi... Read More about Void, a comic novel: practice-led research into humour.
The thesis comprises four volumes: an introductory discussion; two volumes containing lists of religious and other institutions with information on the works in the vernacular languages which they are known to have owned; and a volume of indices and... Read More about Vernacular writings in the medieval libraries of Great Britain.
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