William Bateman

William Bateman

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Landscape, Exile and Form in the Collected Works of D. H. Lawrence
Supervisors: Professor Andrzej Gasiorek, Dr Nathan Waddell and Dr Andrew Harrison


  • BA English and American Literature (University of Birmingham)
  • MA Literature and Culture (University of Birmingham)


I graduated with a first-class undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from the University of Birmingham in 2017. On completion I received the Tibbatt’s Memorial Prize for the highest degree score in English Literature. In 2018 I completed MA Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham, graduating with Distinction. My thesis explored the significance of the Midland landscape in a selection of Lawrence’s novels and critical writings.

In 2018, I was awarded an AHRC M3C Funded Studentship and have since begun my PhD in the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Under the co-supervision of Professor Andrzej Gasiorek (University of Birmingham), Doctor Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham) and Doctor Andrew Harrison (University of Nottingham), my research examines Lawrence’s formal experiments with regards to travel writing.

Doctoral research


My project explores the trajectory and formal significance of transnational travel in the extended writings of D. H Lawrence. Investigating Lawrence’s responses to the experience of modern travel, it seeks an understanding of how feelings of ambivalence and self-exile are reproduced in the open-ended, and often multi-directional, forms of his writings. My research interests include: D. H. Lawrence, travel writing, spatiality, regionalism, affective geographies and modernist print culture.

Other activities

  • In 2018, I co-founded the D. H. Lawrence Studies Network at the University of Birmingham. The network seeks to provide a forum for new and constructive debate in the field of D H Lawrence studies.