Staff working in Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics are interested in supervising research projects in the following areas of expertise. Scroll down the page for an alphabetical listing of Literature staff research interests and contact the relevant staff member for further information:
Dr James Annesley (Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture) - Twentieth and twenty-first century American fiction; consumer culture and contemporary lifestyle.
Dr Harriet Archer (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow) - Early modern English writing, especially Tudor and Jacobean poetry; the reception and representation of the classical, ancient British and medieval past in Renaissance literature; textual transmission, influence and authority, and the use of authorial personae; Elizabethan nationhood and national identity.
Dr Melanie Bell (Senior Lecturer in Film) - British film and television history; gender and film (production, consumption, representation); film stars; film historiography; film/literature relationships.
Professor Kate Chedgzoy (Professor of Renaissance Literature) - 17th Century literature and culture, with particular reference to questions of gender, sexuality, and national identity; Shakespeare; lesbian and gay theories and cultures; children's literature.
Dr Ruth Connolly (Lecturer in 17th-Century Literature) - 17th Century literature, especially poetry; early modern women's writing; scholarly editing; early modern cultures of print and manuscript.
Dr Martin Dubois (Lecturer in Victorian Literature) - Victorian poetry; nonsense writing; dialect poetry; Victorian literature and religion; modernist poetry.
Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Lecturer in 19th-Century Literature) - 19th Century literature and intellectual history, especially the novel of reform; politics and representation; women writers; gender, sexuality and economics; Malthusian fictions.
Dr Helen Freshwater (Reader in Theatre and Performance) - theatre for children and young people; audiences; twentieth-century British theatre; contemporary performance; the theatrical representation of the child.
Dr Stacy Gillis (Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature) - Twentieth-century British fiction; popular fiction; detective and sensation fiction; feminist theory; First World War.
Professor Matthew Grenby (Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature) - Eighteenth century literature; children's literature and culture; political novel; book history; history of heritage.
Dr Rosalind Haslett (Lecturer in Dramatic Literature) - Dramaturgy and literary management; theatre history and historiography; British regional theatre; post-conflict Northern Irish theatre; playwriting.
Dr Laura Kirkley (Lecturer in 18th Century Literature) - Revolutionary feminism, particularly Mary Wollestonecraft; women's writing in the long eighteenth century; 1790's radicalism; literary and cultural exchange between Britain and France; Enlightenment and Romantic cosmopolitanism.
Dr Kirsten MacLeod (Lecturer in 19th - 20th Century Literature) - Victorian and modernist print culture; periodical studies; Aestheticism and Decadence; history of publishing and authorship; modernism.
Dr Shehzana Mamujee (Temporary Lecturer in Renaissance Literature) - Renaissance literature, especially Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; early modern theatrical history and culture; child performance.
Dr Robbie McLaughlan (Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature) - Postcolonial Studies; the history of Empire; imperial cartography; the fin de siècle, colonialism and modernism; theory (particularly network theory, Marxism/ Leninism and the history of psychoanalysis).
Dr Meiko O'Halloran (Lecturer in Romantic Literature) - British and Scottish Romanticism; the eighteenth-century and Romantic-era novel; periodical writing and the literary marketplace; Gothic literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Dr Jennifer Orr (Lecturer in 18th-Century Literature) - Scottish and Irish Romantic period literature; radical poetry; print culture of the 'long' eighteenth century; labouring-class poetry; landscape and sense of place in Romantic poetry.
Dr Lucy Pearson (Lecturer in Children's Literature) - Children's literature; modern and contemporary literature; book history; publishing history.
Professor Michael Pincombe (Professor of Tudor & Elizabethan Literature) - Tudor and Elizabethan literature and drama; Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; tragic drama from the Greeks to the modern day; the English ghost story and other Victorian and early 20th Century supernatural fiction; formalist, Marxist and structuralist literary theory.
Dr James Procter (Reader in Modern English Literature & Postcolonial Literature) - Caribbean and Black British literature; postwar British literature; contemporary fiction; postcolonial writing/theory; short fiction and empire.
Professor Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children's Literature) [Semester 2 only] - Early twentieth-century children's publishing in Britain; late Victorian and Edwardian children's books; death and self-injury in children's literature; radical children's publishing; the history of children's publishing in the twentieth century.
Professor Peter Reynolds (Professor of Theatre Studies) [Semester 2 only] - Shakespeare in performance; theatre rehearsal practice; pedagogy.
Professor Jennifer Richards (Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture) - Early modern literature and culture (1500-1700); history of rhetoric and performance; history of reading and literacy; medical humanities.
Dr Michael Rossington (Senior Lecturer in English Literature) - Romantic period poetry and life writing; the Shelleys; scholarly editing; reception; translation.
Dr Andrew Shail (Lecturer in Film) - Cinema and cinema culture in the UK and the US before 1930; post-classical Hollywood film; literary modernism; time in literature and film; history of menstruation.
Dr Neelam Srivastava (Senior Lecturer in Post-Colonial Literature) - Indian/South Asian literature in English; postcolonial theory; cultural histories of Italian colonialism and postcolonialism; postcolonial cinema; postcolonial translation; anti-colonial writing between 1930 and 1970.
Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney (Senior Lecturer in American Literature) - American, African American and Caribbean literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries; slavery, literature and visual culture; Afromodernisms; theoretical intersections between the black Atlantic, post/colonialism and diaspora; travel writing; race and performance.
Dr Anne Whitehead (Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature) - Modern and contemporary fiction; literatures of war, conflict and resolution; trauma and memory studies; care, empathy and literature; medical humanities.