Research areas

Our research areas include contemporary writing, film studies, intercultural communication, medieval literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, theoretical linguistics, and the long nineteenth century.

We invite contact from prospective postgraduate research students.

Languages, communication, translation and interpreting

Intercultural communication

We are investigating how intercultural exchanges are enacted when communication takes place between parties who share linguistic resources, but differ in the cultural backgrounds and assumptions they bring to bear upon the communication. Our interests include communication in commercial for profit settings, intergenerational communication with family and friends, institutional communication and communication in transnational contexts, resulting from globalisation.


Dr Doris Dippold.

Theoretical linguistics

Our research combines the investigation of grammatical categories in a broad sample of languages with the use of explicit formal and statistical frameworks for the expression of typological and theoretical generalisations.


Dr Matthew Baerman, Dr Oliver Bond, Dr Nadežda ChristopherDr Marina ChumakinaProfessor Greville G. Corbett, Penny Everson, Dr Timothy FeistDr Michael Franjieh, Dávid Győrfi, Dr Steven Kaye, Lisa Mack, Dr Jérémy Pasquereau and Dr Helen Sims-Williams.

Literature and creative writing

Contemporary writing

Our research in contemporary writing is diverse and includes both literary-critical and creative work. In this area, our research interests and expertise are focused on contemporary literature and its aesthetic, literary-theoretical, cultural, ethical, and political contexts. Our approach to contemporary writing insists on the interconnection between creative artists and literary critics/theorists, and assesses  the work of living writers, the tradition and future of innovative writing, the environment and climate change, the nature of publishing as an innovative and radical political enterprise, medical humanities, literature and the body, questions of literary and political freedom, and distinctions between genre and literary fiction.


Dr Lucy BellDr Helen HughesDr Adeline Johns-PutraDr Allan Kilner-JohnsonDr Donna McCormackProf Bran NicolDr Stephen MooneyDr Angela SzczepaniakDr Paul Vlitos and Prof Marion Wynne-Davies.

Film studies

We are researching a range of specialist topics within the areas of cinema studies and visual studies, including issues of gender, the interface between music and the cinema, documentary film and media, genre cinema, cognitive analysis of the moving image, and animation studies.


Dr Bella Honess RoeDr Helen HughesProf Bran NicolDr Maria Poulaki and Prof Phil Powrie.

Medieval literature

We are exploring the intersection between medieval literature, women’s writing, gender and sexuality. We have special interests in women’s literary culture in England from 650-1150, in queer theory and medieval literature, and in cultural, scholarly and religious interactions between East and West, including medieval western representations of Islam.


Dr Amy Morgan and Prof Diane Watt.

Shakespeare and Renaissance drama

We are examining the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in a range of contexts, including political and moral philosophy, performance, cognitive psychology, early modern history, literary theory, historiography, and gender.


Prof Marion Wynne-Davies

The long nineteenth century

We are researching Romantic literature, Victorian literature and culture, fin-de-siècle writing and the arts, and the literature, culture and politics of the early twentieth century. Our interests range across literary genres and forms, with particular research highlights in travel writing and mobility in both the Romantic and Victorian eras, and in Victorian poetry, popular fiction, theatre, sensation fiction, esotericism and the occult, French political exiles in Britain and anarchist transnationalism between 1880 and 1914, and the intersection between writing and sculpture.


Dr Constance BantmanDr Allan Kilner-JohnsonDr Charlotte MathiesonDr Beth PalmerProf Patricia PulhamDr Lucy Ella Rose and Dr Carl Thompson.