English literature research
Explore our work in four areas of expertise within English literature
To explore English literature is to uncover the history of the English speaking world. Throughout history, literature has been a companion to the trials, tribulations, successes and achievements of our nation. Beyond entertainment, it has commented on corruption, taught lessons on love, war and justice, transported us to new worlds, and changed our views.
English literature can change the way we think about the world. It can shape opinion on cultures, communities and people. It can give power to unrepresented and marginalised voices, or be used as a weapon to repress and control through propaganda. In an increasingly globalised world, where rapid change is the norm, it is important to study how English literature provides insight and understanding into the lives of other individuals, communities and cultures.
For over a decade, the Centre for Studies in Literature has been home to our English literature research. Our researchers have expertise in early modern writing, nineteenth-century literature and culture, and twentieth-century British and American literature. We bring together scholars from different fields within literary studies to promote academic research and innovation in literary studies, and wider engagement with research through collaboration and dissemination.
Explore our English literature areas of expertise
Find out more about our English literature research – and learn more about our recent projects, the partners with whom we collaborate and the major funders who fund our work, in the areas of expertise below.
Culture, community and heritage
Time, space and environment
Berberich, C. (2022) "Brexit and the Migrant Voice: EU Citizens in post-Brexit Literature and Culture", Taylor and Francis Ltd
Bowers, M., Dew, B. (2021) "Poles in Britain, History, Culture and Literature, 1772 to the Present", Palgrave Macmillan
Auratic encounters with posthumous literary celebrity in Henry James’s late Victorian tales: desiring the dead
Boyce, C. (2022) "Auratic encounters with posthumous literary celebrity in Henry James’s late Victorian tales: desiring the dead", Victoriographies
Davies, B., Lupton, C., Gormsen Schmidt, J. (2022) "Reading Novels During the Covid-19 Pandemic", Oxford University Press
Environment and Ecology in the Long Nineteenth Century Vol 1: Scientific and Professional Perspectives on Environment, 1780-1858
Frost, M. (2022) "Environment and Ecology in the Long Nineteenth Century Vol 1: Scientific and Professional Perspectives on Environment, 1780-1858", Routledge
“You’ll be the only Dickinson they talk about in two hundred years”: Queer Celebrity, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A Quiet Passion, Wild Nights with Emily, and Apple TV+'s Dickinson
Finnerty, P. (2022) "“You’ll be the only Dickinson they talk about in two hundred years”: Queer Celebrity, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A Quiet Passion, Wild Nights with Emily, and Apple TV+'s Dickinson", The Emily Dickinson Journal
Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
We're researching the relationship between literature and nineteenth-century culture.
Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature and Culture
We're researching how culture and transnational identity is portrayed in twentieth and twenty-first century literature.
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