Research in this area embraces a diverse range of periods, topics and approaches. Our research extends from the early modern to the contemporary, includes all the main literary genres, and is characterised by a strongly interdisciplinary approach and ethos.
Research in English is showcased via a well-established research collaboration – the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration – and a number of clusters or research groups, such as Postcolonial and Global Literatures; Contemporary Cultures of Writing; and Literature and Music. Colleagues in English are also active in interdisciplinary, cross-subject research groups, such as the Digital Humanities Research Collaboration, the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, and the recently established Centre for Research in Gender and Otherness in the Humanities (GOTH).
Current PhD students are working on a wide range of topics, including terrorism in early modern Drama, the literary representation of Anglo-Indians, secrets and silences in the writings of Edith Wharton, the reading of C.S. Lewis, the German translation and reception of Katherine Mansfield, and the literature of the First World War, amongst others.
Creative writing candidates are working on collections of poetry, or novels with wide ranging themes and eras. We warmly welcome applications from prospective research students, and other full-time and part-time places. Please contact us using the email address below if you are interested in exploring PhD study with us.