The following summary indicates our principal areas of research expertise. Please view our staff profiles for further possible research topics.
Our work in Medieval English ( for example, Old English, Chaucer, Langland, Lollard writing, Older Scots literature, Reformation writing and medievalist writers such as Tolkien) extends through medieval literature into concerns with editing, print production, bibliography, manuscript studies, and non-manuscript verbal cultures of the Middle Ages; and also with relations between medieval verbal and visual cultures.
In the Early Modern area (for example, Daniel, Donne, Johnson, Marlowe, Middleton, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton) our specialisms in dramatic and non-dramatic writing extend into the reception of early modern writers in later periods and today, and run alongside our work on cultures of manuscript, print and 17th century women’s writing.
In Restoration, 18th century and Romantics (for example, Rochester, Behn, Swift, Pope, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Wordsworth, Goldsmith) we focus on reading literary works in their historical and cultural contexts, with special interests in the editing of texts, in prose fiction, in language and lexicography, in the reception of Shakespeare, early modern and medieval literature, and in gender.
In 19th century, 20th century, and contemporary (for example, James, Harriet Wilson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Conrad, Ford, Wyndham Lewis, Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, T. S. Eliot, Kerouac, J. M. Coetzee, Zadie Smith, Don Delillo) we are particularly interested in the late Victorian period, Modernism and the contemporary and we utilise a number of thematic and theoretical approaches (including historiography, cultural theory, postcolonialism, cultures of reading, digital theory).
The research themes of materiality of the text (for example, textual editing, history of the book, media history) and gender (for example, women writers, relevant theoretical approaches) can be pursued across all these periods.