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Research in English ranges very widely, from the Early Modern period to the contemporary, from established writers to a variety of non-canonical texts, and from the literature of England to the many literatures from across the globe. To explore further the research conducted in English, follow the individual staff profiles, as well as the five research groups below.

Research Groups

The Department runs four English-based research groups and one inter-disciplinary group:

Book History (Director: Shafquat Towheed)

Postcolonial Literatures (Director: Alex Tickell)

Contemporary Cultures of Writing (Director: Derek Neale)

The Romantic Period (Director: Nicola J. Watson)

Literature and Music (Co-director: Delia Da Sousa Correa)

Research Events

Researchers in the English department have organised numerous conferences, symposia, workshops, seminar series and public events. For further details, see News and Events, as well as the five Research Groups’ websites, and the individual staff profiles. Past events are listed in the Events archive.


Research Projects

Members of the English Department have either led or contributed to a number of major externally funded research projects. For details on these projects, follow the links below:


Two journals are based in English at The Open University. For details on these journals, follow the links below:

Katherine Mansfield Studies
Wasafiri. International Contemporary Writing