Postgraduate research opportunities
We can offer supervision on a very wide range of research topics, often working in co-operation with staff from other disciplines. To find out about an individual member of staff's research interests please see their profiles, which are accessible from our department's Staff List - Department of English Literature.
Within our Department some particularly strong research fields may be singled out:
- American Literature
- Beckett Studies
- Book History
- Children's Literature
- Early Modern Studies
- Medieval Literature
- Nineteenth-Century Literature
- Twentieth-Century Literature
Distinguished research in this area includes work on diaspora and ethnicities, imperialism and transatlanticism.
The Beckett International Foundation is centred around the Beckett Archive of manuscripts, letters, memoranda and book materials, which is recognised as a 'pre-eminent collection of national and international significance'. Work is supported by a community of scholars working across a variety of disciplines.
This research strand works closely with the Archive of British Publishing and Printing, which includes records of literary publishers including Chatto & Windus and the Hogarth Press.
The Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood is world leading for multi-disciplinary research into theoretical and critical approaches to children's literature and childhood, including disability, media and identity studies.
Early Modern Studies
The Early Modern Research Centre's supports research into cultures of print, manuscript and performance, Reformation studies, and the history of political thought.
The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies draws on the expertise of staff in numerous areas, including history, archaeology, and medieval languages and literatures.
Particular strengths include the intersections between science, medicine and literature and Oscar Wilde.
Our work in this area specialises in Modernism, postcolonialism (particularly Caribbean and black-British), poetry and drama.
Things to do now
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Ms Luisa Ciampi
Departmental Postgraduate Administrator
- +44 (0) 118 378 6257