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Literature, Theory and Thought

Literature, Theory and Thought

Our School boasts a wide range of cutting-edge research in contemporary literature, theory and thought.

In the School of Modern Languages we explore literature, theory and thought in diverse cultural contexts, including:

  • French and Francophone
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Latin American
  • Lusophone

Our researchers publish on established and emerging writers and help to shape the ways in which they are understood

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Diverse research areas

Staff across all language areas advance debates in areas as diverse as:

  • the Anthropocene
  • world literatures
  • postcolonial writing
  • modernisms and modernity
  • memory
  • Holocaust fiction and testimony
  • comics and verbal/visual interfaces
  • life-writing
  • the medical humanities
  • the environmental humanities
  • affect, empathy and compassion
  • travel writing
  • feminisms
  • ageing
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We have a strong interest in gender. In particular, we publish on key and emerging themes in contemporary women’s writing. We support the promotion, translation and circulation of female-authored texts.

We co-direct London University’s cross-cultural Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing. Through this partnership, we are active in shaping debates about women's writing today.

Research across disciplines

Our research contributes to debate with colleagues in related areas across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We are active members of the Research Groups and Centres which focus on our key themes. We are also closely connected to and supported by the Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI), based in our Faculty.