Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies

Recent PhD submissions

A selection of PhD theses recently submitted by research students in the Centre.

Many of these can be found in Sussex Research Online, a digital repository of University research output.

Nicole Mennel. Shakespeare's Sovereign Beasts: Human-Animal Relations and Political Discourse in Early Modern Drama. (2019)

Lana Harper. The Dvelopment of Early English Playhouses, 1560-1670. (2018)

Shanyn Altman, John Donne and Martyrdom, (2017)

Maria Kirk, Performing consumption and consuming performance: a 17th century play collection (2016)

Maria Perysinakis, Shifting targets in Reformation allegory: Five case studies, 1515-1575 (2016)

Hsiang-Mei Wu, Chaucer and social prejudices: a critical study of The Canterbury Tales (2015)

Katrina Marchant, Things  'necessary' and 'unnecessary': trash and trifles in Early Modern England (2015)

Puck F. Fletcher, Space, spatiality, and epistemology in Hooke, Boyle, Newton, and Milton (2014)

Duncan Fraser, Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks (Lording Barry, 1611): a critical edition (2013)

Simon Davies, Witchcraft and the Book Trade in Early Modern England (2013)

Sajed A Chowdhury, Dissident metaphysics in Renaissance women's poetry (2013)

Sean Palmer, Shakespearean lives and works (2013)

Barbara Kennedy, The role of music as a healing therapy in Early Modern Literature (2013)

Victoria Buckley, Patterns of Mischief: the Gunpowder Plot and the Jacobean Stage 1605-16 (2012)

Janis Darvill Mills, Early modern legal poetics and morality 1560-1625 (2011)

Catherine Parsons, Harlots and  harlotry: the eroticisation of religious and nationalistic rhetoric in early modern England (2011)

Gwilym Jones, Shakespeare's storms (2010)

Abigail Shinn, Edmund Spenser and the popular press (2010)

Eleanor Rycroft, Facial hair and the performance of masculinity on the early modern English stage (2009)

Andrew Manson-Brailsford, Complex conformity: the use of religious imagery, metaphor and language in the work of Christopher Marlowe (2009)

Femke Molekamp, The Geneva Bible and the devotional reading and writing of early modern women (2009)

Ambra Moroncini, Michelangelo e Vittoria Colonna: un dialogo poetico nel discorso teologico della Riforma (2008)

Paul Quinn, Anti-Papistry and the English stage, 1580-1642 (2006)

Tien-Yi Chao, Margaret's 'extraordinary women': the unity of strength and beauty and the construction of transmutable gender in writings by Margaret Cavendish (2006)

Subha Ktorides, Canonical criticism: the canonical intepretation of creation and fall in Milton's Paradise Lost (2006)

John McCullough, Disputable friends: rhetoric and amicitia in English renassance writing 1579-1625 (2006)

Thomas Muir, Ruins and oblivion in the sixteenth-century (2006)

Joanne Edwards, "Never before of any man seene or knowen"?: sixteenth-century French experience and conception of the New World (2006)

Anna Martin, Symptom and sign: physical and spiritual health in Donne's Devotions (2005)


Simon's perspective

Simon Davies - PhD graduate

'The Centre for Early Modern Studies at Sussex was a great place to do my PhD. Doing a PhD can be an isolating experience at times, so it was a real help to have a supportive network in place and a regular schedule of social events. There are plenty of opportunities to meet fellow researchers and academics. The Centre also hosts annual conferences which are always stimulating, not to mention convivial, events.

'As for my research itself, the highlight has been the many research libraries I've been able to visit, both in the UK and the US. As well as working with some amazing rare books, I've worked in some amazing, often historic, buildings. I feel privileged to have been able to work in such places. Sussex has its own rare books collection too, of course, with some great items – great for both research and teaching.'

Dr Simon Davies
PhD graduate

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