We have an international reputation for Research and postgraduate supervision. Our staff continue to publish across a wide spectrum from medieval religious tracts to contemporary children’s fiction.
Recent monographs testifying to this range of expertise include:
Conferences convened by members of the Department have included:
- From Brontë to Bloomsbury, Second International Conference: Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1860s and 1870s (July 2015)
- From Brontë to Bloomsbury, First International Conference: Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1840s and 1850s (July 2014)
- 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.
International Centre for Victorian Women Writers
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.
How our Research Benefits Students
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.