Research groups and centres
Each of our research groups and centres contribute to research seminars, organise symposia, workshops, and conferences, encourage research collaborations with external academic and non-academic organisations and explore public engagement opportunities.
We examine pressing social and cultural issues as explored in works of literature across the literary periods, such as social and cultural networks, cities and urban culture, subversive space and the imagination of alternative spaces, disconnections and connections, embodiment and the practice and politics of movement, post-humanism, transnationalism and its limitations.
Dr Dimitris Asimakoulas, Dr Constance Bantman, Dr Catherine Barbour, Alicia Barnes, Dr Lucy Bell, Dr Doris Dippold, Holly Hallam, Dr Anesa Hosein, Dr Helen Kingstone, Eleanor March, Dr Charlotte Mathieson, Dr Donna McCormack, Dr Amy Morgan, Prof Bran Nicol, Gursimran Oberoi, Vassilena Parashkevova, Prof Patricia Pulham, Dr Carl Thompson, Jess Thorne and Prof Diane Watt.
We are developing and applying new theoretical and methodological approaches to researching medieval literature, with specific foci on feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism and the global. We are working on innovative ways of understanding texts produced in the period c.600-c.1500. Gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, multilingualism, and spaciality and temporality are key topics addressed by the group.
We are examining the development of new literary forms in contemporary fiction and poetry, and also examine the history of innovative formal production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from a literary-historical and literary-theoretical perspective. Our work is organised around the idea of literary potential:
- What are potential new forms of literature?
- What is the potential, power, of literary form to shape, comment on, and contest, pressing social, cultural and political issues?
We combine work of both theorists and practitioners of literature.
We are comprised of experts in English literature and performing arts, and are examining Shakespeare in action. This includes:
- Shakespeare works
- Cultural milieu
Our work comes from the perspective of literary history, literary theory, and the theory and practice of performance.
We centre on the writing of, and writings about, the long nineteenth century. We are a collection of researchers in the School of Literature and Languages and curators at Watts Gallery whose research focuses on nineteenth-century literature and culture, Victorian partnerships, theatre and sensation fiction, Victorian celebrity, visual cultures, decadence and Neo-Victorianism.
We have two major research centres.