School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics



English Literature at Newcastle is grounded on the research experience of our staff, quality of our degrees and excellence of our students.

Research in English Literature

Our work on established areas like Mediaeval literature, the Renaissance, Romantic literature and the Victorian Novel sits alongside study of less familiar material.

The broad range of specialisms and our proven expertise in teaching of literature provides our students with interesting opportunities right across the subject.

All our staff actively pursue a vast range of scholarly projects and writing, including:

  • Mediaeval and Tudor poetry
  • 20th and 21st century film and fiction
  • children's literature
  • popular theatre
  • postcolonial writing
  • American fiction

They publish widely and, in doing so, create an intellectual energy that informs all areas of the life of the school.

Studying English Literature

In this friendly and dynamic community, staff and students work together on degrees with a flexible approach. Our undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses include a wide range of options and extensive historical coverage.

There are opportunities to:

  • practise creative writing and theatre
  • make films
  • join a work placement

Our aim is to deepen your knowledge of literary texts and give you a firm foundation in the critical and theoretical skills needed to analyse them.