The School of English has a dynamic research culture, which involves staff, postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows in attending and organizing international conferences and literary festivals; in undertaking collaborative research and archival projects; as well as in the individual work of scholarly editing and the writing of monographs and works of literature. Our research work is divided into four groups, of which staff are members, and postgraduate students are associate members. These groups are: Mediaeval and Renaissance; 18th Century, Romantic and Victorian; Modern and Contemporary; and Creative Writing.

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Recent Submissions

  • A rebellious past : history, theatre and the England riots 

    Haddow, Sam (2015) - Journal article
    Alain Badiou has argued that the England riots of 2011, in dialogue with societal upheavals around the world that same year, demonstrated fundamental crises in our governing social, economic and political discourses. Whilst ...
  • Before the Colditz myth : telling POW stories in postwar British cinema 

    Plain, Gill (2014-08) - Journal article
    Before the concretization of the ‘Colditz Myth’ in the mid-1950s, British cinema’s engagement with the POW narrative took unexpected generic forms. The Captive Heart (1946) and The Wooden Horse (1950) draw on the narrative ...
  • Coming home again: Johannes Hofer, Edmund Spenser, and premodern nostalgia 

    Davis, Alexander Lee (2016-07-08) - Journal article
    The word ‘nostalgia’ was coined by the Swiss medical student Johannes Hofer in his 1688 Dissertatio Medica de Nostalgia, oder Heimwehe. Hofer’s treatise and Edmund Spenser’s 1595 poem Colin Clovts Come home againe exemplify ...
  • Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy 

    Tate, Gregory Paul (2016-06-23) - Journal article
    This essay considers the connections between myth and sympathy in Keats’s poetic theory and practice. It argues that the ‘Ode to Psyche’ exemplifies the way in which Keats uses mythological narrative, and the related trope ...
  • Mann and gender in old English prose : a pilot study 

    Rauer, Christine (2016-06-13) - Journal article
    It has long been known that OE mann was used in gender-neutral as well as gender-specific contexts. Because of the enormous volume of its attestations in Old English prose, the more precise usage patterns of mann remain, ...

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