Research and postgraduate supervision in the Department of English and Language Studies has an international reputation. Building on the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, in which over 25% of the submission was deemed to include research of internationally excellent or world leading quality and over 35% of internationally recognised quality, staff continue to publish across a wide spectrum from mediaeval religious tracts to contemporary children’s fiction. Recent monographs testifying to this range of expertise include:
- A King Translated: The Writings of James VI and I and their Interpretation in the Netherlands, 1593-1603 (Ashgate, 2012)
- Vietnam and Beyond: Tim O’Brien and the Power of Storytelling (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012), the first monograph on O’Brien to be published in the UK.
Conferences convened by members of the Department have included:
- Truth Will Out: Crime, Criminals and Criminality, 1500-1700 (August 2007);
- Childhood in its Time: The Child in British Literature International Conference (March 2009);
- Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle International Conference (June 2010);
- The Rochester section of Dickens and the Idea of ‘The Dickensian’: A Tale of Four Cities (in collaboration with the University of Kent).
Research strengths include the recovery of forgotten or under researched writers, and members of the Department have published biographies of Anna Sewell, Mary Cholmondeley and Jerome K. Jerome. The Department is home to the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers, set up in 2012 to provide a focus for research and raise the international profile of departmental research into both canonical and neglected women writers of the nineteenth century.
Award winning research feeds directly into undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, where colleagues publish regularly on the texts they teach, in some cases editing new scholarly editions of previously unavailable texts. Recent projects include the nine volume series New Woman Fiction 1881-1899 (Pickering and Chatto 2010-11), in collaboration with scholars from the UK and the international community.
Undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing is taught by local and Booker shortlisted authors, and supported by regular readings at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.
For further information about these projects and more, please visit the English and Language Studies web pages.