English Literature Research Seminar

English Literature aims to foster a varied and dynamic research culture, both amongst staff and in dialogue with scholars from around the world. We have a long history of expertise in all aspects of literary study, from Renaissance studies to contemporary writing, and in myriad theoretical approaches. This is reflected in the research seminars we hold for staff and students and in the speakers we attract to address us in Glasgow.

We also run an evening Visiting Speaker series, at which we hear from scholars from the UK and around the world. In recent years speakers have included Julian Wolfreys, Matthew Bevis, Kate Flint, Rebecca Stott, John Bowen, Jane Moody, Morag Shiach, Thomas Docherty, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Richard Kirkland, Stephen Shapiro, and Cairns Craig. Since 2011, we have developed the Scottish Romanticism Research Group (SRRG), which brings together staff and students working in that field for regular reading groups and work-in-progression sessions; it has also hosted eminent speakers such as Ian Duncan, Tim Milnes, Penny Fielding and Tom Furniss.

Visiting Speaker Seminars Spring 2023

Contact - Dr Ana Markovic (ana.markovic@glasgow.ac.uk)

Seminars will run from 3pm to 4.30pm on Wednesdays. They will be held on Zoom:


Wed 18 January: Dr Stewart Mottram (University of Hull)

By the tide of Humber: Poetry and Flooding in Andrew Marvell’s Hull


Wed 25 January: Dr Christine Okoth (King’s College London)

Documentary Traditions and the Racial Logics of Mobility


Wed 8 February: Professor Sara Crangle (University of Sussex)

Mina Loy’s *: Queer Pleasures, Women’s Pleasure


Wed 22 February: Dr Maria Vaccarella (University of Bristol)

Autofiction, Illness Narrative and Life-Writing in Maggie Nelson’s Bluets


Wed 1 March: Professor Mary Fairclough (University of York)

Mary Wollstonecraft and The Female Reader: Text, Voice, and Devotion


Wed 8 March: Professor Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University)

Gaze, Space and Intertextuality in Neo-Historical Art Film by Women: Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Piano


Thurs 16 March: Professor Michelle N. Huang (Northwestern University)

Racial Disintegration: Biomedical Futurity at the Environmental Limit


Wed 22 March: Dr Ruth Hawthorn (University of Lincoln)

‘The story’ she said, ‘is too long to tell, and too dull to listen to’: Mundane Trauma in Margaret Millar’s Beast in View (1955)