The Popular Literature and Culture Research Centre 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, radical literature, popular theatre, popular visual culture, literature and religion, 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.
Funded PhD studentships are offered through the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium. For further information please visit the TECHNE website and send expressions of interest to ECWTechne@roehampton.ac.uk.