The Faculty has particular expertise in the study of Modern and Contemporary Literature, including American Literature, World Literatures in English, theatre and performance, and the relationships between modern literature and visual culture, film and dance.
What do we do?
Our research extends across an impressively diverse range of materials and methodologies, encompassing the full breadth of modern and contemporary literatures. We have particular strengths in modernist and late modernist studies, ranging from major writers such as Woolf, Joyce, T. S. Eliot and J. M. Coetzee, to material print and publishing, and modernist experiments in dance, theatre, fine art and early film. Textual scholarship, seen in the preparation of both scholarly and mass-market editions, and the study of the material book and publishing history, particularly on censorship, is another area of expertise. Other areas of specialism include biography and life-writing, literature and the modern state, science and literature, drama and film, and postcolonial and world literatures. In recent years the Faculty has hosted the Leverhulme-funded ‘Planned Violence: Postcolonial Cities and Literature’ international network project on which Professor Elleke Boehmer was Principal Investigator. We welcome enquiries from potential researchers who want to work in any area of modern and contemporary literature and culture.
Please see the webpages of individual Faculty members for more information on recent publications and current research projects. We are happy to answer enquiries from potential graduate students and anyone else who is interested in our work.