The Department of English Literature engages in internationally recognised and world-leading research across the historical spectrum.
We have three departmental research themes – 'Identities', 'Archives and Materialities' and 'Creativity' – and within these areas we have distinctive strengths in Book and Publishing Studies; Early Modern Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Samuel Beckett Studies; Children's Literature and Ethnic Studies.
Many of these fields are informed by archival work drawing on the University of Reading Special Collections, which house the Samuel Beckett Collection, the most important archive of Beckett-related material in the world, as well as world-leading holdings in publishers’ archives.
Current funded research projects include international collaborations such as the Modernist Archives Publishing Project, the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, and ‘Lost and found?: a digital archive of testimonies of migration, displacement and resettlement’, as well as individual projects, such as ‘Writing Epic in Medieval England, 1066-1500’.