Research in English Literature

Research in English Literature

English Literature has a long-established and vibrant research culture encompassing work in many areas of literary and cultural studies.  Our interests may be broadly divided into three chronological fields: Renaissance Studies (1500-1700), Eighteenth-Century, Romantic and Victorian Studies (1700-1900), and Modernism, Contemporary Literature and Critical Theory (1900-).  We also address cross-period research themes, including Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, American Studies, Irish Studies, Medical Humanities, Translation, Textual Scholarship and Editing, Fantasy and Creative Writing.  Most colleagues work across these themes, and many engage in interdisciplinary projects within and beyond the School, e.g. as part of the College-wide Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, or the Glasgow Centre for Burns Studies.

Our unit achieved excellent results in recent Research Assessment Exercises.  In 2001 we achieved a 5* rating; while in 2008 we returned the largest number of active researchers in Scotland – submitting all our staff – and the third largest in the UK, and 70% of our research was rated as either “world-leading” (35%) or “internationally excellent” (35%).  Using various measures of research achievement, we are ranked between third and eighth in the UK.

We have a thriving cohort of graduates, with a range of taught and research masters’ degrees and a large constituency of doctoral students. Our Masters courses include Victorian Studies, Modernities, Fantasy and Creative Writing, and we also contribute to Masters degrees in American Studies, Medical Humanities and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Research and teaching is enriched by a varied programme of distinguished Visiting Speakers – both scholars and creative writers – as well as by the many major conferences hosted by the School.  Recent events have included the following: ‘New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture’ (2009); the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (2009); the British Association for Victorian Studies Conference (2010); the inaugural joint conference of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and the British Association of Modernism Studies (2010); the 21st Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (2011); ‘Literature and Mathematics in the Long Nineteenth Century’ (2011); the Ford Madox Ford Society Conference (2011); and the British Association of Romantic Studies Conference on Enlightenment, Romanticism and Nation (2011).  The quality of our research and conference activities has been confirmed by our success in attracting awards from major funding bodies, including the British Academy, the UK and European Research Councils, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Wellcome Trust.

Current postgraduate research students