Research Culture and Staff Expertise

At Glasgow, our academic research covers the full range of Anglophone literary studies from the early modern to the postcolonial. Staff research is funded by a number of external bodies, including the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Wellcome Trust, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We run a series of seminar series with guest speakers each academic year, as well as several reading groups.

The subject has hosted several national and international conferences and symposia in recent years (see News and Events). We also host visiting scholars from other Universities.

Research clusters

Early Modern

Staff work on a wide range of poetry, prose, and drama from 1500 to 1750, including Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Middleton, Milton, Behn, Dryden, and Pope.

Research strengths in this area include: national and colonial identities, the early modern archipelago, oaths and performative language, satire and laughter, queer studies, religion, women’s writing (especially prophecy), the Bible and biblical interpretation, politics, non-conformity and dissent, translation and the Classical tradition, rhetoric, Shakespeare and opera.


Eighteenth Century and Romanticism

Staff work on a wide range of topics including periodical history, eco criticism, history of radicalism, medical humanities, travel writing, empire, visual culture, material culture, book history, literature and science, the Gothic, authorship, archives and libraries, digital humanities, representations of London, translation, Jacobitism.



Staff research focuses on the following areas: literature and science, medical humanities, travel writing, colonial studies, nineteenth-century spiritualism, decadence, the Fin de Siècle, Irish literature, translation, periodical culture, children’s fiction, eco-criticism, mathematics, and neo-Victorianism.


Modern, Twenty-First Century, and Critical Theory

Staff work on a wide range of topics including: narrative and the novel, modernisms, Scottish and Irish modernism, decadence, children’s literature, continental philosophy and critical theory, aesthetics, technology and the Humanities, realism and naturalism, transatlantic studies, the Avant- Garde, editing, Virginia Woolf, animal studies, feminist studies, middlebrow culture, periodical culture, literature and the ocean liner, Hellenism and classical reception, surrealism, autotheory, migration, Muriel Spark, literature and independence, science fiction, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, the everyday, literature and time, contemporary fiction, circus history, literature and the urban, ecocriticism, energy humanities, the weird.



Staff work on a range of topics including: Fantasy in the Anthropocene, Evaporated Genres (Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, the Weird), Fantasy Across Media (Film, Comics, Games, Fan Cultures, Illustration), Science Fiction and Medical Humanities, Gothic and Supernatural Fiction.


American and Canadian

Staff work on a range of topics including: cognition and the novel, encyclopaedic novels, experimental fiction, Realism, Naturalism, the Beat writers, editing, magazines, periodicals, and print culture, modernism and the middlebrow, Canadian studies, ocean liners, modernism, gender, transatlantic studies, Hollywood and Film studies, Wharton, Fitzgerald, London, Twain, Foster Wallace.


Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Staff work on a range of topics including: travel writing, empire, visual culture, African literature, postcolonial theory, and decolonisation.


Medical Humanities

Staff work on a range of topics including: Science Fiction, contemporary fiction, literature and medicine, history of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and Psychology, literature and medicine, Medical Humanities, nineteenth-century literature, Romanticism, periodical studies, Scottish literature, eighteenth-century and British Romantic literature, material culture, book history, and history of science.


Environmental Humanities

Staff work on a range of topics including: blue humanities and critical ocean studies, ecopoetics and contemporary poetry, energy humanities, postcolonial ecocriticism, black radical ecology, infrastructure studies, critical futures, energy humanities, environmental humanities, infrastructure studies, genre theory, Science Fiction, Fantasy, the Weird, and Radical Pedagogy.