Early Modern Studies
Our research rewrites the histories of Shakespeare and early modern theatre by investigating the reception of Shakespeare’s writing and the participation of gendered, queer and disabled communities in early modern drama and culture.
Long Nineteenth Century
Our research across the long nineteenth century Includes distinctive explorations of popular and radical print culture, periodicals and press history, and the role of illustration and visual imagery in both mainstream and non-canonical literature. We also look at the impact of Britain’s colonial past on major writers such as Dickens and Kipling.
Language, Culture and Memory
We extend understandings of literature through research into the relationships between language, culture and memory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including acts and cultures of reading, biography and autobiography, film, popular literature, and Children’s and Young Adult literature. We host the world-leading MA in Children’s Literature (also offered as Distance Learning) and the innovative MA in Popular Literature.
Poetry, Fiction and Experimental Form
Our creative writing work is rooted in practice-based research and we innovate through form (e.g. music and translation) and through attention to gender, sexuality, identity and faith. We host innovative MAs in Creative Writing and in Publishing and we are home to our inhouse Fincham Press.