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.
The Faculty hosts a number of externally-funded projects. Professor Laura Marcus is Co-Investigator on the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project, an AHRC-funded collaboration between Queen Mary University of London, Birkbeck University of London, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Oxford. The objective of the project is to produce ten volumes of scholarly editions of the letters and fiction of the pioneering modernist writer Dorothy Richardson. Professor Sue Jones holds a Leverhulme Fellowship for research into Samuel Beckett and choreography. Using archival examination of Beckett’s manuscripts, correspondence, and production notes alongside innovations in dance and performance theory and practices in twentieth-century Britain and Europe, her project aims to reveal the constitutive role of choreography in Beckett’s imagining of the human subject in his prose and in the staging of his plays.
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.