Research in the Department of English embraces a diverse range of periods, topics and approaches. Our research extends from the early modern to the contemporary, includes all the main literary genres, and is characterised by a strongly interdisciplinary approach and ethos. The department hosts two long established research groups – Postcolonial Literatures and Book History and Bibliography – with new groupings in creative writing, literature and music, life-writing, and the writing of the romantic period. We currently have six full-time and about 12 part-time PhD students in the department, working on a range of subjects such as spirituality in children’s literature, gardens in Rumer Godden’s fiction, John Le Carré, representations of the First World War, Virginia Woolf, Louis MacNeice and broadcasting, African, Caribbean and South Asian Literature. Creative writing candidates are also working on novels with wide ranging themes and eras. We warmly welcome applications from prospective research students.
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