University of Stirling

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentship: Literature and Architecture, 1700—1850

Literature and Languages

The School of Arts and Humanities is pleased to invite applications for this three-year, fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and subsistence at current AHRC UK/EU rates). Funded by the University of Stirling, this studentship is designed to complement an AHRC Leadership Project entitled ‘Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700-1850: The Architectural Imagination’. Led by Dale Townshend, and supported by post-Doctoral Fellow Dr Peter Lindfield and a network of academics from various disciplines across the UK, this interdisciplinary project seeks to explore the relationship between architecture and literary culture in Britain over the long eighteenth century (1700—1850). While the precise scope and emphases of the thesis will be shaped by the interests and initiative of the successful applicant in consultation with the supervisory team, likely areas for research might include: 

  • Literature and the rise of heritage in the long eighteenth century
  • Antiquarianism and the literature of architectural ruin
  • Topographical poetry in the eighteenth century
  • Romanticism and architecture
  • Individual Gothic / Romantic writers and the architectural
  • Gothic architecture and the ‘Gothic’ literary aesthetic



The PhD student will be based at Stirling University, which has long been, and remains, an internationally recognised centre for the study of the Gothic, Romanticism and Heritage Studies. The thesis will be supervised by Dr Dale Townshend, and additional supervisory support determined on the basis of topic of the successful candidate. 

The Studentship is likely to commence on 1 September 2015, and no later than 1 January 2016

Further information on the studentship and on the application procedure is available here

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Dale Townshend (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) informally with any questions they may have. 

Interviews will be held shortly thereafter, at the University of Stirling


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