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Our publications and research interests cover classical and modern European literatures, and the modern literatures of the Middle East, China, the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, and Australia.  In turn this enables us to offer an array of modules on literatures from across the world and innovative Comparative Literature degree programmes.

Classical literature

Professors Michael Silk, David Ricks, and Matthew Bell focus on the classical period and its influence on modern European literature.  Michael Silk has recently co-authored a wide ranging study of the influence of the European classical tradition on the art, literature and thought of Western culture, which follows on from his many distinguished publications on the drama, aesthetics and poetry of ancient Greece.  David Ricks has published extensively on the long durée of classical Greek literature, ranging from the reception of Homer to Byzantine and modern Greek poetry.  In his books and articles, Matthew Bell addresses aspects of the classical tradition in modern European literature, with a focus on German literature and thought from 1700-1850 and Goethe.

Modern European literature

Dr Rosa Mucignat’s recent book examines the representation of space in the 19th century European novel and she has a particular interest in modern Italian literature.  Dr Alicia Kent’s research focuses on French and Spanish surrealism, and the relationships between literature and the visual arts in the early 20th century.

Middle Eastern and African literature

Dr Anna Bernard and Dr Zoe Norridge cover the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Anna Bernard’s recent book considers Palestinian and Israeli ‘world literature’ and the nation state; her interests also extend to colonial and postcolonial literature from South Asia.  Zoe Norridge’s new book explores representations of pain in fiction and life writing from West Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Southern Africa.  She is currently conducting research on cultural responses to the genocide in Rwanda.


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