Research Groups

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Textual Editing and History of the Book

Research in this area has an interdisciplinary approach to the study of materiality and textual cultures.

With a vibrant environment our current research projects range from translation studies to production and circulation of literature in its material context and the history of reading and book consumption.

Florence Nightingale

Literature, Science and Medicine

This work draws on the School’s reputation for interdisciplinary research, and our collective interests in questioning the traditional establishment and the separation of these intimately linked areas into discrete disciplines. Current areas of research include Darwinism and Victorian palaeontology and the cultural history of psychiatry, to name but a few.


Literature and War

In recent years, groundbreaking work has been conducted on the connections between life-writing, trauma theory and women’s responses to war. Members within the School of English have continued to follow this trend and develop research within this field.

Catcher in the Rye


In the School of English we have academics who have long been interested in this complex, fascinating topic, and have a lively, engaged research community.


Life Writing

Members of the School of English have researched extensively on life writing from the mid 18th century to the present day. Research has ranged from auto/biographical texts from the First and Second World Wars to women's memoirs reflecting on the process of becoming a writer.

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Gender and Sexuality

Several members of the School of English have a particular interest in issues relating to gender and sexuality. Informed by feminist and/or queer theory, their research covers a number of historical periods.

History of Slang and Cant

Language and Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics is a developing research grouping in the School of English. Four members of staff work in English Language and Linguistics, along with a growing group of doctoral students.

Old English

Old and Middle English

Medieval studies in the School of English currently draws on the resources of seven full-time members of staff with international reputations in Old and Middle English language and literature, palaeography and manuscript based research. With researching ranging from the vestigial traces of paganism in Old English literature to the early medieval framework of Finnegans Wake, by way of Old Norse and the manuscript culture of later medieval England.

Vitruivian Man

Early Modern Literature

Currently, there are six members of staff who specialize in literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, conducting research on topics ranging from Renaissance students to the Restoration literary underground; from the King James Bible to early modern melancholy; and from depictions of the Virgin Mary in poetry to Samuel Pepys’s reading habits and networks

Joseph-Denis Odevaere, Byron on his Death Bed (c. 1826); Oil on canvas, 166 x 234.5 cm Groeninge Museum, Bruges (Public Domain)

Romantic and Victorian

With innovative studies of major authors, such as Coleridge and De Quincey, Darwin and Dickens, members of the school have worked on topics as diverse as the nineteenth-century afterlives of Romantic poets, the discourse of the sublime in poetry, art and criticism, and Victorian theatre to name but a few.

Jane Ash Poitras, 'Shaman Child' (detail) (reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Paul Martin, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English / Director, Canadian Studies Program University of Vermont)

Twentieth Century and Contemporary

With eleven permanent members of staff specialising in this dynamic research group, our work is attuned to emerging debates in postcolonial discourse and gender studies, involved in literary explorations of nationalism and transnationalism, and committed to the disinterment of forgotten genres and literary voices of the early twentieth-century.

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