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Literature Research

Our cutting-edge and outward-facing research in English Literature spans a remarkable range of subjects, histories, and geographies.

Members of the School produce outstanding research on subjects as chronologically disparate as Medieval literature, modernism, and postcolonial and Black Atlantic literatures.

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.

Literature students

Engagement and impact

What further unites us is a determination to engage diverse audiences with this research, both within and outside of academia. 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.

Research staff and students play key roles in several research groups and centres. These groups foster interdisciplinary research, and stimulate the development of exciting and innovative research projects. They include:

Project funding

Our projects are funded from various sources, including the UK Research Councils, the British Academy, European agencies, and many trusts and foundations.