Research in English

The subject group has expertise in all periods of English literary history. Particular strengths lie in Medieval and Renaissance literature and Victorian, modern and contemporary literature.

Research in the school encompasses author-centred work, archival studies and textual editing as well as interdisciplinary projects such as literature and the visual arts and literature and place. The literary tradition at Hull, associated especially with the poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin, continues and embraces new creative and critical work. Creative writers in the school specialise in poetry, creative non-fiction, the novel and short fiction.

Research in the school is based around six key areas:



Research in medieval literature at the University of Hull encompasses a complementary but diverse range of specialisms, ranging from Old Norse to medievalism.

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Early Modern

The Renaissance and Early Modern cluster has strong research and teaching expertise in Shakespeare; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama and poetry; literature and politics; Renaissance intertextualities; drama and visual culture; the literature of ruins.

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18th and 19th Century

The eighteenth and nineteenth century specialists in the English subject group constitute a lively and enterprising research culture at the cutting edge of international and interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Modern and Contemporary

The research in the modern and contemporary is varied and interdisciplinary. Research expertise in the modernist period includes work on D. H. Lawrence, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle and women’s suffrage literature.

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Creative Writing

Creative writers in the subject group English have expertise in creative non-fiction, crime fiction, the novel, short fiction including flash fiction, poetry.

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The subject group English has research expertise in Critical Discourse Analysis; and teaching expertise in social aspects of language in use: language and power, language and journalism, stylistics.

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