Research in English Literature at Newcastle spans a remarkable range. We produce outstanding research on subjects as chronologically disparate as Old Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry and cyberpunk, and our work ranges geographically across the whole of the British Isles, and to writing from the Americas, from India and from Anglophone Africa. We look at all major genres - fiction, poetry, drama, film - and we have world-leading expertise in many still emerging forms, including life writing, children's literature and digital media. We are particularly keen to investigate the contexts of literary production, to use and develop archival sources, and to integrate the critical with the creative work that goes on in the School. In short, we aim to combine excellence in established areas of research, across a full range of periods and genres, with innovation in critical and textual scholarship.
What further unites us is a determination to engage diverse audiences with this research, both within and outside the academy. We work collaboratively with a wide range of regional, national and international partners (archives and libraries; publishers and production companies; cultural organisations and the creative industries), and we are keen that our research has not only scholarly significance but also public benefits. Our projects have been funded from many sources, including the UK Research Councils, the British Academy, European agencies, and many trusts and foundations.
Our research can be divided into a number of discrete clusters. These overlap, and individual members of staff will often be active in more than one. Working in these groups encourages the cross-pollination of ideas, methods and expertise between different periods, genres and subject areas. Please follow the links below for more information on these areas of particular research excellence:
Literature colleagues also play key roles in several research groups and centres. These groups foster interdisciplinary research, and catalyse the development of exciting and innovative research projects: