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Creative Writing research - PhD students

Current thesis topics in Creative Writing:

  • In God's Kitchen: A Post-Colonial Autobiography
  • Penelope Betjeman 1910-1986: a Biography
  • Isabella Steward Gardner: Resurrecting a Life in Art
  • Hob's Moat: A Book of Poetry

Creative Writing at Kingston offers opportunities to engage in research leading to Doctor of Philosophy degrees, or Masters by Research.

Research picA creative writing PhD will allow you to combine an extended piece of your own poetry, fiction or life writing with analytical research. Your critical analysis will offer a study of a conceptual or theoretical debate that arises from your creative writing project. You could, for example, consider your own writing in relation to other texts in the same form or genre, within the particular cultural/social framework that produced them. Or, you may wish to pursue a particular strand of theoretical or historical research in relation to your writing, or to investigate an issue raised by your writing from a particular theoretical perspective. You may also find that your critical thesis crosses discipline boundaries, and we would encourage this.

The critical commentary element of the PhD will constitute around 20 per cent of your project, while 80 per cent will be a creative work of publishable standard, such as a novel or collection of stories, a memoir, biography, book of poems or a drama or screenplay. The exact ratio and relationship between the two elements will be decided in conjunction with your supervisor.

If you wish to undertake postgraduate research in Creative Writing, please download further information.

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