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    The Department of English Literature is home to world-leading specialists

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.

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
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Literature

American Literature

Distinguished research in this area includes work on diaspora and ethnicities, imperialism and transatlanticism.


Beckett Studies

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.


Book History

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.


Children's Literature

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 and medieval 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.


Eighteenth-Century studies

We have particular strengths in literary and intellectual history, in literature and politics, life writing, the early novel, and the history of the book.


Nineteenth-Century Literature

Particular strengths include the intersections between science, medicine and literature and Oscar Wilde.


Twentieth-Century Literature

Our work in this area specialises in modernism, postcolonialism (particularly Caribbean and black-British), poetry and drama.

The Graduate School

The University of Reading offers excellent facilities to doctoral students.

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