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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Soma Das

‘Reading Time and the Time of Reading’

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Viva success Soma Das!

CIRCL PhD student Soma Das passed her viva on 03-12-2023 with her PhD thesis on ‘Reading Time and the Time of Reading’. Supervisor: Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein; External Examiner: Dr Nick Lee of Warwick University; Internal Examiner: Dr Sue Walsh. Many congratulations, Soma!

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Viva success Natthavimol (‘Sai’) Wangsittikul!

CIRCL PhD student Natthavimol (‘Sai’) Wangsittikul passed her viva on 05-10-2023 with her PhD thesis on ‘What is Manga? Reading Representation and Culture’. Supervisor: Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein; External Examiner: Professor Ian Parker of Leicester University; Internal Examiner: Dr Neil Cocks. Many congratulations, Sai!

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PhD success Ian Mulholland!

CIRCL PhD student Ian Mulholland passed his PhD on 10-10-2023 with his PhD thesis on ‘The Word Is All That Is The Case: A reading of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus‘. Supervisor: Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein; External Examiner: Professor Peter Buse of Liverpool University; Internal Examiner: Dr Neil Cocks! Many congratulations, Ian!

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Ian Mulholland

‘The Word Is All That Is The Case: A reading of Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus Logico Philosophicus”‘

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Natthavimol (‘Sai’) Wangsittikul

‘What is Manga? Reading Representation and Culture’

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New article Dr Bonnie McGill

New ‘Textual Practice’ article by Dr Bonnie McGill on ‘Time, Mourning and Pedagogy in DEVS (the tv series), on reading ‘sight’ also in physics

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Viva success Liz Harris!

CIRCL PhD student Liz Harris passed her viva with flying colours on 18-10-2021 with her PhD thesis on ‘”Never Too Rich or Too Thin”: Readings About the Fat Body’. Supervisor: Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein; External Examiner: Dr Hannah Anglin-Jaffe of the University of Exeter; Internal Examiner: Dr Neil Cocks! Many congratulations, Liz!

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Blog on ‘Myth and Folktale’

by Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein. A children’s publishing house, Lantana publishing, specialising in diversity kindly asked me to write a blog for them about the ‘Myth and Folktale’ option module on our M(Res) in Children’s Literature course.

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Masters Scholarship

Masters’ Scholarship from the University of Reading

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New! Extra Masters Scholarships available for 2024-2025, click here.

New! Extra Masters Scholarships available for 2024-2025, click here. https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/fees-and-funding/masters-scholarships

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Haleemah Ziarab

‘Shakespeare and Narration: Feminism, Structure, History’

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Prize for CIRCL PhD Student!

Congratulations to CIRCL PhD student Lana Theodoulou (supervisor: Dr Neil Cocks) for winning the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the ‘Research in an Object’ competition!

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New CIRCL Publications

See the link for new CIRCL articles published in a 2023 special issue of the journal Humanities guest edited by CIRCL’s Dr Neil Cocks

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CIRCL Seminar

CIRCL PhD student Grace (Ting Fang) Yeh will speak on ‘Reading on a Loss of Children’s Theatre’, Wednesday March 8th 2023 at 1 pm in Edith Morley room 280 or online access link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/36987e606aa94ce2a37d1945ae6ed824

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Liz Harris

‘”Never Too Rich or Too Thin” Readings About the Fat Body’

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New CIRCL Publications Website

Dr Neil Cocks and Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein have founded a new website to publish CIRCL thinking and reading: The Age of Anti-Psychoanalysis

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Rebecca Lindsay

Psychoanalytic Readings of Language, the Unconscious, and the Desire for the Object

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Congratulations to CIRCL PhD student Rebecca Lindsay

Congratulations to CIRCL PhD student Rebecca Lindsay on her successful viva on 20-01-2021, with her thesis ‘Psychoanalytic Readings of Language, the Unconscious, and the Desire for the Object’! External Examiner: Professor Daniela Caselli, Internal Examiner: Dr Sue Walsh, Supervisor: Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein.

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Visiting Fellows

2016 – 2017 Visiting Fellows

In 2016-2017 we were delighted to have had the following visiting fellows.

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Government has approved a new scheme of MA and PhD study loans

Please note that the Government has approved a new scheme of MA and PhD study loans under favourable terms!

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Congratulations to CIRCL PhD student Yuna Nam

Congratulations to CIRCL PhD student Yuna Nam on her successful viva on 03-07-2020, with her thesis ‘Reading Differences from Children’s Picture Books: Constructing and De-constructing Images and Texts‘!

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A second new book out by CIRCL member Dr Krissie West

And a second new book out by CIRCL member Dr Krissie West: Reading the Salem Witch Child: The Guilt of Innocent Blood (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2020)!

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New book by CIRCL member Dr Krissie West

New book out for pre-order by CIRCL member Dr Krissie West: Louise May Alcott and the Textual Child: A Critical Theory Approach (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2020)!

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Dr Yuko Ashitagawa awarded a Distinguished Volunteer Award by the University of Reading

In October 2019, Dr Yuko Ashitagawa, a former CIRCL MA and PhD student, was awarded a Distinguished Volunteer Award by the University of Reading in the UK for her efforts since 2005 on behalf of CIRCL Japan!

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‘Proms Plus’ series discussing Kipling’s “The Jungle Books”

CIRCL’s Dr Sue Walsh was recently (August 2019) in conversation with Anindya Raychaudhuri and Frances Hardinge in the ‘Proms Plus’ series discussing Kipling’s The Jungle Books.

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CIRCL’s Dr Neil Cocks has a new book out!

CIRCL’s Dr Neil Cocks has a new book out! Higher Education Discourse and Deconstruction: Challenging the case for Transparency and Objecthood

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A visit from Professor Zhu Ziqiang

We were honoured to welcome for a visit and CIRCL research seminar on 7th December 2016, Professor Zhu Ziqiang, Professor of the College of Literature & Journalism of Ocean University of China and Head of the Children Literature Institute, who spoke about Key Issues in Contemporary Chinese Children’s Literature Theories.

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CIRCL PhD student Krissie West nominated as FAHSS Faculty PhD Researcher of the Year 2014-15

CIRCL PhD student Krissie West was nominated as FAHSS Faculty PhD Researcher of the Year for 2014-15 for her research on childhood in the work of the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson!

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CIRCL Korea came to visit CIRCL Reading again, July 2014

CIRCL Korea came to visit CIRCL Reading again, July 2014! Now for a three-day CIRCL Summer School on Children’s Literature.

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University’s three-minute thesis competition

Former CIRCL PhD student Dr Jess Medhurst won the University’s three-minute thesis competition on June 14th 2013

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CIRCL Korea visits University of Reading

CIRCL Korea visits University of Reading, July 7th 2010!

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Faculty Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Karin was awarded the Faculty Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning 2010 on 1st July 2010. A further University RUSU award for Outstanding Contributions as Personal Tutor was made in 2015.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Yuna Nam

‘Reading Differences from Children’s Picture Books: Constructing and De-constructing Images and Texts’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Bonnie McGill

‘Reading a formula(ting) of space(,)time and Quantum Mechanics’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Anindita Roy

‘Reading Child[ren] of Words and Pictures in Picture Books for Children: Three Essays on Picture Book Research’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Krissie West

‘”To Be Boy Eternal”: Locating the Child in the Literature and Criticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Chris Milson

‘On Translation: Reading, Representation, and the Desire to Know’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Jessica Medhurst

‘The Child in Charles Dodgson’s Photographs and Their Criticism: Subject, History, Body and Archive’

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Kia (Evdokia) Michalopoulou

‘The Case of the Purloined Child: Detective Fiction and Criticism’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Yu-Kuan Chen

‘Objects of Vision: Text, Colour, Gesture’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Charlie (Charlotte) White

‘The Child in Gothic’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Kirsty Pennicard-Wood

‘Plotting the Plot: The Plot Unravelled’.

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Catrin Edwards

‘Psychoanalysis Reading Psychoanalysis: Questions of Resistance and Interpretation’

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Hilary Fraser

‘”Small Points of Difference”: the Child in Evolutionary Narratives’

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Helen Ainslie

‘”Why Autism?” Perspectives, Communication, Community’

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Elisabeth Eldridge

”In the Beginning was the Word”?: Quoting God and constructing the Child Reader in contemporary retellings of biblical narratives for children

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Louise Tondeur

‘Reading Hair Queer’

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Sarah Spooner

Knowing its Place? Language and Landscape in Arthur Ransome

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Abstract PhD Thesis Dr Hannah Smith (now: Anglin-Jaffe)

‘Signs, Text, Truth: Constructions of Deafness’