Our expertise ranges from the French medieval lyric and Enlightenment drama, women's writing and feminism; Latin American fiction and testimonial writing with particular expertise in Argentinian Studies; travel; the conflicted memories of World War Two; film and literature about the Baader-Meinhof Group; and the works of the Nobel Laureates, Elias Canetti, Jean Cocteau, Günter Grass, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Herta Müller. Our dynamic research environment which has won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Wellcome Trust and the EU.
We support the following research centres all of which also house postgraduate research students:
- Contemporary German Culture (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/ccgc);
- Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/gencas);
- The Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/cecsam);
- Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/memo).
For further information on research specialisms and supervisory interests of our staff visit: http://www/swansea.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/about-us/.
The choice of topic is up to you but must be worked out in consultation with your supervisors. It is a good idea to enter discussions before applying and to draw up an initial proposal together. However, all good topics develop over the course of your reading and supervisions and it is likely that you will only slowly gain a clear idea of where you are heading. At the end of your first nine months you present a 10, 000 word chapter, synopsis, bibliography and table of contents, plus a list of training courses attended to a progression panel which makes recommendations for your future direction. Thereafter you should expect to work on individual chapters (four or five is a typical number), including introduction and literature review.