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As well as covering all periods of literature in English from the medieval to the present day, the Department of English is a leader both nationally and internationally in postcolonial studies, the medical humanities, science and literature, performance studies, queer theory, gender theory, life writing, material culture, print and manuscript material artefacts and media and digital theory.

The historical, geographic and methodological range of our research is crucial to our identity as a department, and we are one of the largest and most diverse departments in the country. In addition to the traditional, period-based approach to research, all staff and research students belong to cross-period, thematic clusters which lead strategic priorities in the development of future work.

The exceptional scope of our departmental research activity is reflected at all levels of our teaching programme and in a wide array of research seminars and other events.


Department of English academic research areas: 


The 18th Century and Romantic 


The 19th Century


Modern British and Irish Literature

Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature and Culture


American Literature


Australian Literature


Creative Writing 


Early Modern Literature & Shakespeare 


Medical Humanities


Medieval Literature


Theatre & Performance Studies


Life Writing

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