AHRC-Funded Collaborative PhD Studentship on Arthur Conan Doyle

The Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) at the University of Portsmouth (UK) invites applications for one student to undertake a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral studentship on the topic of ‘Possession and Obsession: The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle,’ supervised by Dr Christopher Pittard and Dr Patricia Pulham (University of Portsmouth), and Dr Jane Mee (Portsmouth City Council). As part of this collaborative project, the successful candidate will also work closely with Portsmouth City Council in developing the use of the Arthur Conan Doyle collection (Lancelyn Green bequest), an extensive archive of Doyle memorabilia, and organising public outreach events related to the collection, gaining transferable skills and experience for use in the cultural services and related sectors. The AHRC will pay for fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,276, for the three years 2013-2016.

The broad aims of the project are:
• To examine Doyle’s relation to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary and cultural contexts, with reference to questions of reading communities, modes of textual production, and the historical origins of fan identity.
• To consider the cultural relationship between late Victorian fandom and twentieth- and twenty-first century constructions and appropriations of Doyle, addressing issues of authorship, intellectual property, and theoretical models of fandom.

Launched in 2009, the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth promotes academic research and innovation, provides a framework for research excellence in the broad area of literary studies and associated disciplines, and is committed to promoting wider engagement with research through collaboration and dissemination. CSL is affiliated with the Dickens Project at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Christopher Pittard, Christopher.pittard@port.ac.uk.

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