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The Literature Section combines excellence in established areas of scholarship with innovation in critical and cultural study and textual scholarship. Our research ranges widely across the whole field of English literary studies: we undertake outstanding original scholarship in Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth-century, Romantic, Victorian and Modernist literature and culture, as well as investigating major aspects of contemporary culture including American and postcolonial literature, theatre and film, and children's literature. Areas of particular cross-period strength include attention to the relations between gender and writing, and between manuscript and print cultures. School staff have been successful in bidding for external research funding from many sources, including the UK Research Councils (AHRC and ESRC), the British Academy, European agencies and many trusts and foundations. These grants have supported major research projects and brought a series of research fellows and visiting professors to Newcastle to join the work of the Section. Each year, the AHRC has funded a number PhD Studentships.

Follow the links below for more information on the various discrete areas of research expertise in the Section:

Literature colleagues also play key roles in several interdisciplinary cross-School research groups: