Centre for Studies in Literature

Time, Space, Environment

Research being undertaken by the Time, Space, Environment cluster covers a wide range of spatiotemporal areas across literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day. Particular strengths include work on ideas of history - specifically economic and political history - in the eighteenth century; Blake’s changing attitudes toward empire, commerce and art, particularly in relation to historical contexts (e.g., Napoleonic art confiscations); John Ruskin and the environment, science, culture; nineteenth-century pastoral; transatlantic literary relations, specifically those between British and American poets and poetry in the nineteenth century; the role of time and temporality in neo-Victorian fiction; the ways in which spatial theory can be used to mediate the relationship between individual and collective identity in modernist literature; the use of affective landscapes in the construction of specifically English national identities; philosophical and narratological investigations of time/temporality and the contemporary novel and narratology; the relationship between time, space and sex in contemporary fiction and theory.

As well as attending academic events nationally and internationally, members of this cluster are actively involved in organising conferences, symposia and workshops here at Portsmouth University. In recent years, the cluster has hosted symposia and workshops on, for instance, Modernity and the European Mind and Time and Temporality. Recent conferences include: Celebrity Encounters; Cultures of Commemoration; Trauma & Memory: the Holocaust in Contemporary Culture; and Fictions of History, 1700-1830. The cluster also runs The Time and Temporality Network and members belong to a number of related national and international research networks, including ‘The Materiality of the Trace in Contemporary Literature’ and the ‘South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantics Research Group.’

We also have a thriving postgraduate community working on a number of spatiotemporal topics, through both the MA in Literature, Culture and Identity and PhD research on B. S. Johnson and space, the Holocaust and the revenant in neo-Victorian literature. In 2014, our postgraduates organized The Poetics of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Culture conference.

MembersDr Christine BerberichDr Ben Davies (cluster leader), Dr Ben DewDr Páraic FinnertyDr Mark FrostDr Rosie Paice, Dr Bethany SimmondsDr Diane WarrenProfessor Julian Wolfreys.

Doctoral students: David Dickson