Amy Burge


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am keen to hear from prospective students interested in researching the following areas:

Popular romance studies, especially projects on diversity
Popular and genre fiction
Migration and refugee fiction
Muslim women's genre writing
Cross-period and cross-disciplinary projects

Update October 2023: I am accepting new PhD students to begin no earlier than academic year 2025/26.


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests lie in popular fiction (especially romance). I am interested in genre fiction, publishing, women’s writing, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and migration. 

I have published research on contemporary women’s historical fiction, sexualisation and women’s advice literature, medieval and modern literary representations of virginity, class and wealth in popular romance fiction, chick lit from the Middle East, imperialism in the medieval romance Emaré, Scottish popular romance in the twentieth century, marriage migration in romance novels, masculinity in Nigerian romance fiction, and migration fiction

I have edited special issues on E. M. Hull's early twentieth-century classic novel, The Sheikmulti-disciplinary approaches to critical love studies, and medieval romance, gender and materiality.

My first book, Representing Difference in the Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance (Palgrave, 2016) is a comparative study of Orientalism in medieval and modern popular romance and compares the representation of erotic relationships across religious and cultural borders in late medieval Orientalist romance (1330-1450) and British and North American post 9/11 romantic fiction.

I am Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded Muslim Women's Popular Fiction research network. 

I also have an interest in pedagogy and have published research on using arts-based research methods with university colleagues, understanding the development of postgraduates who teach, and supporting postgraduate students who teach


I joined the University of Birmingham in August 2018. Prior to this, I taught at Cardiff University, York St John University, Bishop Grosseteste University, the University of York and the University of Edinburgh, where I also worked in academic development.

My doctoral research (completed in 2012) was undertaken at the University of York, where I was jointly supervised between the Centre for Women’s Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature. 


  • BA (Hons) English and Related Literature (University of York)
  • MA (Hons) Women’s Studies (Humanities) (University of York)
  • PhD Women’s Studies (University of York)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • PR English literature
  • popular romance
  • popular fiction
  • genre
  • publishing
  • love
  • women's writing
  • bonkbusters


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