Joseph Thorne

Joseph Thorne

I am a PhD researcher at LJMU English, in receipt of the Fully-funded PhD Scholarship. Before coming to Liverpool, I did my undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where I did a special author paper on Oscar Wilde. I then completed an MA in English Literature in my native Cardiff. My dissertation, supervised by Dr Anthony Mandal, was on the Decadent tendency to define criminality as a form of sainthood. In this project I explored everything from Victorian inner-city cartography to the nature of sin in the proto-weird fiction of Arthur Machen. This gave me a good basis for my current project: a re-reading of the fin-de-siècle illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. While most criticism treats him as a fairly isolated, prickly character, my study will pay particular attention to his place in the social networks of the 1890s. I have given papers at the ‘Medieval Myths and British Identities’ conference (Cardiff University, 18/09/2015) and the ‘Fin de...
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LJMU PhD Scholarship Scheme: Now Open for Applications

LJMU PhD Scholarship Scheme: Now Open for Applications

As part of its ongoing commitment to extend and diversify the PhD community at LJMU, the university have just announced this year's round of scholarships. These include both fully-funded and fees-only opportunities. A number of LJMU English's current postgraduate students were able to work with us because of their success in this scheme. So if you are considering undertaking a doctorate in English, and think your work might fit well within our Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, please get in touch with a member of the team as soon as possible to discuss your ideas. You can read about our research interests by clicking on individual staff and student pictures to the right of the screen. All details of the scheme are available here: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/phd-scholarships and the deadline for applications is 18th March 2016.  ...
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