OGOM PhD Research

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OGOM gained a new PhD student in 2017. Daisy Butcher is researching vampires, mummies, and killer plants and the representation of the female monster: from nineteenth-century literature to contemporary film and television. Dr Sam George is Daisy’s primary supervisor and she also has Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (queer horror) to advise her on film.

OGOM currently has one funded PhD completion attached to the project (again supervised by Sam):

Dr Matt Beresford successfully defended his thesis, ‘The Lord Byron / John Polidori Relationship and the Development of the Early Nineteenth-Century Literary Vampire’ in November 2019.

And, again funded by the University of Hertfordshire, affiliated to the project, and supervised by Dr Sam George:

Dr Kaja Franck wrote her thesis, ‘The Development of the Literary Werewolf: Language, Subjectivity and Animal/ Human Boundaries’ (Kaja gained her doctorate in September, 2017).

Sam also co-supervised a UH-funded project from:

Dr Jillian Wingfield, ‘Monsters, Dreams, and Discords: Vampire Fiction in Twenty-First Century American Culture’. Jillian was awarded her doctorate in January 2019.

If you are interested in undertaking PhD study and would like to work in this area, you can send Sam a research proposal of no more than 3,000 words. For guidance on how your proposal should be structured including subheadings, please see writing a research proposal.

Info from Dr Sam George:

Proposals are judged on their potential and viability and, if I like what you submit, I will contact you to attend the university and discuss your ideas further in an interview panel. To apply, you should have a 2.1 degree, an MA with a high scoring dissertation, plus two referees. References will be required prior to interview.

I am currently looking for PhD students in the field of Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic but I welcome research on all topics relating to the OGOM project. I genuinely would love to hear from you.

Contact Dr Sam George: s.george@herts.ac.uk