The Popular Literature and Culture Research Group incorporates research in the field of popular literature and culture studies and cultural theory, as well as theoretical and historical approaches to the study of popular genre fiction from the Early Modern Period, the Victorian Period, and right up to contemporary 21st century literature and culture.

Several members of the Department of English and Creative Writing are currently involved in research projects that explore the historical traditions of popular fiction as a classificatory mode, as well as the politics of specific works of popular genres and mainstream culture. These include a wide range of genre-based approaches to middlebrow literature, adventure fiction, crime fiction, Robinsonade fiction, fantasy literature, utopian and dystopian fictions, science fiction, graphic novels, addiction literature, the literature of food, and other forms of non-literary genres such as journalism and botanical writings. In addition, colleagues within the PLCRG are involved in various external collaborative research projects and organisations within the field of popular literature and culture studies, including

The Arab Israeli Book Club

Early Modern Research Group

Island Poetics Research Project

Modernism and Middlebrow Literature Network

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Torch Comics Network

Members of the PLCRG have further connections with fellow scholars working at the Universities of Birmingham, Copenhagen, Glasgow, King’s College London, and Keele.

The University of Roehampton is also home to The International Journal of James Bond Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal that explores all aspects of Ian Fleming and the James Bond phenomenon.

The PLCRG organises lectures and panel discussions on different aspects of popular culture, reading groups, and various other cultural events that are free and open to members of the public. The schedule for public events for the academic year 2017-18 will be made available shortly.

21st Century

  • genre fiction
  • addiction studies
  • graphic storytelling
  • cultural media


20th Century

  • James Bond studies
  • genre fiction
  • cultural geography
  • literature and food

19th Century & Victorian

  • journalism, periodicals, serial
  • popular print culture
  • cultural geography
  • visual culture


Early Modern

  • gender
  • disability
  • visual culture
  • theatre and performance culture



For general inquiries or more information on research in popular literature and culture at the University of Roehampton, please contact Dr. Ian Kinane (ian.kinane@roehampton.ac.uk) or Dr. Mary L. Shannon (mary.shannon@roehampton.ac.uk).