English

20th Century and Contemporary Studies

Dr Lucy Evans

  • Caribbean literature and popular culture
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Diasporic and transcultural writing
  • Black British and British Asian writing
  • Crime writing and representations of crime
  • Representations of community

Mr Nicholas Everett

  • American poetry 1850 to the present
  • British poetry 1850 to the present
  • Contemporary poetry - mainstream and/or experimental
  • Any aspect of poetic form, metre, or genre
  • Any aspect of autobiography in English, post-1800

Dr Zalfa Feghali

  • “Ethnic” American writing
  • Canadian literature
  • North American indigenous writing
  • North American queer writing
  • Contemporary reading communities
  • Contemporary North American language poetry
  • Performance art and the theatre
  • Literature and/of/as protest or crisis
  • North American border fiction and border studies

Dr Corinne Fowler

  • British Black and British Asian literary cultures
  • Creative-critical and critical-creative writing
  • Regional writing and publishing
  • Rural racism
  • The postcolonial countryside
  • Travel writing

Dr Sarah Graham

  • American novels and short stories of the 20th/21st century
  • Representations of adolescence in written and visual culture
  • J. D. Salinger and his contemporaries, including John Cheever, Shirley Jackson, Richard Yates, Carson McCullers, William Styron
  • Representations of HIV/AIDS in written and visual culture
  • American modernist poetry
  • Graphic novels

Professor Martin Halliwell

  • Postwar American writing
  • American film 1945-2000
  • 1950s and 1960s American culture
  • American and European modernism
  • American intellectual history
  • Transatlantic literature and culture
  • The avant-garde
  • American visual culture
  • Literary adaptations
  • Disability and modern/contemporary culture
  • American ethnicity and race
  • American pragmatism
  • History of American psychology and psychoanalysis

Dr Catherine Morley

  • Genre
  • The 'state of the nation' novel
  • Jewish-American fiction
  • Fictions of New York City
  • Lost Generation writers
  • Transatlantic literary and cultural relations
  • American regional writing

Dr Emma Parker

  • Contemporary women's writing
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Queer fiction
  • Masculinity
  • The 1980s
  • Joe Orton

Dr Mark Rawlinson

  • Literature and war
  • 20th-century narrative fiction

Professor Philip Shaw

  • Art and aesthetics
  • Literature and psychoanalysis
  • Popular music

Professor Martin Stannard

  • 20th-century British Catholic writing - e.g., Greene, Spark, Waugh, etc
  • 20th-century non-fiction
  • Modernism
  • Modern literature and aesthetics/theology
  • Theory of biography
  • Modern scholarly editing

Dr Victoria Stewart

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust writing
  • Mid-20th-century novel
  • Non-canonical authors, the ‘middlebrow’, and detective fiction

Dr Cathleen Waters

  • English varieties and variation in English around the world
  • Language variation and change
  • Quantitative sociolinguistics

Dr Harry Whitehead

  • Creative writing
  • Colonial, postcolonial, and cross-cultural writing

Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Dr Jim Askham

Research areas

  • Second language teacher education
  • Second language learner autonomy/teacher autonomy
  • Classroom-based assessment in TESOL
  • Programme evaluation in TESOL

Potential topics/projects

  • Promoting second language learner autonomy in and beyond the classroom in TESOL contexts
  • Teacher learning in novice/early-years TESOL professionals
  • Investigations of experienced TESOL teachers’ pedagogical knowledge
  • Investigations of formative assessment practices in TESOL contexts
  • Investigations of teacher learning through Lesson Study in TESOL contexts
  • Teacher-led programme evaluation in TESOL context

Professor Glenn Fulcher

Research areas

  • Language testing and assessment
  • Educational assessment

Potential topics/projects

  • Construct definition and operationalization
  • Designing test specifications
  • Task design, prototyping and piloting
  • Content analysis for EAP or specific purposes testing
  • Investigating task difficulty
  • Designing rating scales for performance assessment
  • Interface issues in computer based testing
  • Validation
  • Pragmatic notions of validity and the philosophy of educational assessment
  • Ethics and standards in language testing practice
  • Test use, political mandates and philosophy

Dr Jim King

Research areas and potential topics/projects

  • Silence in second language (L2) or general education contexts
  • Psychological aspects of instructed language learning, particularly in relation to anxiety and emotion in the L2 classroom
  • Social anxiety and foreign language anxiety in L2 and higher education
  • Teacher emotions and emotional labour in language teaching
  • L2 teacher motivation
  • Language learner engagement
  • Group dynamics in language classrooms
  • Higher education in Japan

Dr Julie Norton

Research areas

  • Materials development in language teaching
  • Exploring expertise in materials design
  • Evaluating materials
  • Exploring the development of a new coursebook series
  • Discourse analysis of spoken language
  • Lesson study and teacher professional development
  • Methodology in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Intercultural communication

Potential topics/projects

  • Materials development in language teaching (e.g. Exploring expertise in materials design; evaluating materials; exploring the development of a new coursebook series)
  • Discourse analysis of spoken language (e.g. how teachers co-construct pedagogical knowledge through talk)
  • Lesson study and teacher professional development
  • Methodology in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (particularly developing speaking and listening skills)
  • Intercultural communication (e.g. developing intercultural pragmatic competence)

Dr Pam Rogerson Revell

Research areas

  • Workplace discourse
  • Phonology and pronunciation teaching
  • Intercultural business communication
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • English as an International Language

Potential topics/projects

  • Issues of participation and performance in international (business) interactions
  • Pronunciation and intelligibility in English as a Lingua Franca contexts
  • The use of technologies to enhance (distance) language learning

Dr Nick Smith

Research areas

  • Corpus linguistics: e.g. corpus design and compilation, annotation, collocation, keywords analysis, other methodological aspects
  • English grammar, lexis and lexicogrammar
  • Variation and change in current or recent English: particularly grammatical and lexical change in recent centuries and decades
  • Register analysis, including spoken, written and new media language

Potential topics/projects

  • Corpus linguistics (methodology, application and analysis)
  • English grammar and lexicogrammar
  • Language change in English
  • Using corpora for language learning/teaching
  • Spoken, written and new media language
  • Regional and social variation in English, including British and American English, World Englishes, and regional English varieties

Dr Agneta Svalberg

Research areas

  • Language learning
  • English grammar
  • Grammar teaching and learning
  • Academic writing
  • Teacher grammar awareness

Potential topics/projects

  • Online and face-to-face engagement with language
  • Complex dynamic processes in language teaching and learning (e.g. in collaborative group work)
  • Language awareness approaches to language teaching
  • Teachers’ language awareness
  • Teaching/learning of tense and aspect

English Language and Linguistics

Dr Philip Shaw

  • Old English language and literature
  • Pre-Christian religion and conversion in the Germanic-speaking world
  • English place names
  • Onomastics

Dr Cathleen Waters

  • English varieties and variation in English around the world
  • Language variation and change (lexical, morpho-syntactic and discourse-pragmatic)
  • Quantitative sociolinguistics

Gender and Sexuality

Dr David Clark

  • Gender and sexuality in medieval literature
  • Old English and Old Norse literature
  • Reception of the middle Ages in literature and film

Dr Lucy Evans

  • Caribbean literature and popular culture
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Diasporic and transcultural writing
  • Black British and British Asian writing
  • Crime writing and representations of crime
  • Representations of community

Dr Corinne Fowler

  • British Black and British Asian Literary cultures
  • Travel writing
  • British Muslim writing
  • Kurdish literature in English
  • Rural racism
  • Regional writing and publishing, especially Manchester and the midlands
  • Postcolonial feminism

Dr Sarah Graham

  • American novels and short stories of the 20th/21st century
  • Representations of adolescence in written and visual culture
  • J. D. Salinger and his contemporaries, including John Cheever, Shirley Jackson, Richard Yates, Carson McCullers, William Styron
  • Representations of HIV/AIDS in written and visual culture
  • American modernist poetry
  • Graphic novels

Dr Felicity James

  • Charles Lamb, Charles Lloyd, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and their circle
  • Writing of the 1790s
  • Religious dissent in the 18th and 19th centuries, including but not limited to Unitarianism
  • Life writing, biography, and autobiography in the 18th and 19th centuries

Dr Emma Parker

  • Contemporary women's writing
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Queer fiction
  • Masculinity
  • The 1980s

Dr Victoria Stewart

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust writing
  • Mid 20th-century novel
  • Non-canonical authors, the ‘middlebrow’, and detective fiction

History of the Book

Professor Gowan Dawson

  • Mid- to Late Victorian Literature
  • Literature and Science
  • Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Writing
  • 19th Century Journalism and Print Culture

Dr Felicity James

  • Charles Lamb, Charles Lloyd, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and their Circle
  • Writing of the 1790s
  • Religious Dissent in the 18th and 19th Centuries, including but not limited to Unitarianism
  • Life-Writing, Biography, and Autobiography in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Professor Sarah Knight

  • Editing and Textual Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Palaeographical Studies

Dr Kate Loveman

  • The early novel
  • The history of reading
  • Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century life writing
  • Early modern oral and manuscript cultures
  • Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century news and pamphleteering
  • Pepys, Defoe, Swift

Dr Mary Ann Lund

  • John Donne
  • Editing Texts
  • Renaissance Medicine and Illness Writing
  • Print Publication
  • History of Reading

Life Writing

Mr Nicholas Everett

  • American poetry 1850 to the present
  • British poetry 1850 to the present
  • Contemporary poetry - mainstream and/or experimental
  • Any aspect of poetic form, metre, or genre
  • Any aspect of autobiography in English, post-1800

Dr Felicity James

  • Charles Lamb, Charles Lloyd, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and their circle
  • Writing of the 1790s
  • Religious dissent in the 18th and 19th centuries, including but not limited to Unitarianism
  • Life writing, biography, and autobiography in the 18th and 19th centuries

Dr Kate Loveman

  • The early novel
  • History of reading
  • 17th- and early 18th-century life writing
  • Oral and manuscript cultures
  • News and pamphleteering
  • Behn, Defoe, and Swift

Dr Julian North

  • Romantic and Victorian literature, especially biographical or autobiographical writing in the period c. 1790-1900
  • Biographical projects
  • Drugs in literature, especially 19th Century
  • Romantic and Victorian writers
  • Literary culture of the 1830s
  • 19th-century domesticity
  • 19th-century literature and portraiture
  • The Brontes

Professor Martin Stannard

  • 20th-century British Catholic writing - e.g., Greene, Spark, Waugh, etc
  • 20th-century non-fiction
  • Modernism
  • Modern literature and aesthetics/theology
  • Theory of biography
  • Modern scholarly editing

Dr Victoria Stewart

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust writing
  • Mid-20th-century novel
  • Non-canonical authors, the ‘middlebrow’, and detective fiction

Literature and Adolescence

Dr Lucy Evans

  • Caribbean literature and popular culture
  • Black British writing
  • Comparative postcolonial literature and theory
  • Readerships and publishing history

Dr Sarah Graham

  • American novels and short stories of the 20th/21st century
  • Representations of adolescence in written and visual culture
  • J. D. Salinger and his contemporaries, including John Cheever, Shirley Jackson, Richard Yates, Carson McCullers, William Styron
  • Representations of HIV/AIDS in written and visual culture
  • American modernist poetry
  • Graphic novels

Professor Sarah Knight

  • Renaissance and early modern literature, especially drama and poetry
  • Universities and Inns of Court
  • Neo-Latin literature
  • Early modern translation
  • Reception of the classical tradition in early modern England

Literature and War

Dr Mark Rawlinson

  • Literature and War
  • 20th Century Narrative Fiction

Professor Philip Shaw

  • British Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Wordsworth and Byron
  • Romanticism and War
  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis

Dr Victoria Stewart

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust Writing
  • Mid 20th-Century Novel
  • Non-Canonical Authors, the ‘Middlebrow’, and Detective Fiction

Literature, Art and Film

Dr David Clark

  • Gender and sexuality in medieval literature
  • Old English and Old Norse literature
  • Reception of the middle ages in literature and film

Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

  • Medieval and Renaissance wisdom literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance iconology
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature and political theology/canon Law
  • Medieval and Renaissance romance
  • Langland, Chaucer, and the Gawain-Poet
  • Influence of monasticism and the religious orders on literature, 1200-1500
  • Medieval mysticism and the influence of Neo-Platonism in particular
  • 19th- and 20th-century medievalism, especially James Joyce

Professor Martin Halliwell

  • Post-war American writing
  • American film 1945-2000
  • 1950s and 1960s American culture
  • American and European modernism
  • American intellectual history
  • Transatlantic literature and culture
  • The avant-garde
  • American visual culture
  • Literary adaptations
  • Disability and modern/contemporary culture
  • American ethnicity and race
  • American pragmatism
  • History of American psychology and psychoanalysis

Professor Sarah Knight

  • Shakespeare and silent film
  • Film adaptation of Renaissance and early modern plays

Dr Julian North

  • Romantic and Victorian literature, especially biographical or autobiographical writing in the period c. 1790-1900
  • Biographical projects
  • Drugs in literature, especially 19th Century
  • Romantic and Victorian writers
  • Literary culture of the 1830s
  • 19th-century domesticity
  • 19th-century literature and portraiture
  • The Brontes

Professor Philip Shaw

  • 18th- and 19th-century literature and visual culture
  • Art and war
  • Art and aesthetics

Literature, Medicine and Science

Dr Claire Brock

  • Medicine and Literature in the Mid 19th to Early 20th Century
  • 19th Century Science and Literature
  • History of Surgery
  • Gender and Medicine

Professor Gowan Dawson

  • Mid- to Late Victorian Literature
  • Literature and Science
  • Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Writing
  • 19th Century Journalism and Print Culture

Professor Martin Halliwell

  • Post-War American Writing
  • American Film 1945-2000
  • 1950s and 1960s American Culture
  • American and European Modernism
  • American Intellectual History
  • Transatlantic Literature and Culture
  • The Avant-Garde
  • American Visual Culture
  • Literary Adaptations
  • Disability and Modern/Contemporary Culture
  • American Ethnicity and Race
  • American Pragmatism
  • History of American Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Dr Kate Loveman

  • The early novel
  • The history of reading
  • Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century life writing
  • Early modern oral and manuscript cultures
  • Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century news and pamphleteering
  • The Royal Society in the seventeenth century

Dr Mary Ann Lund

  • Renaissance medicine and illness writing

Professor Philip Shaw

  • Literature, War, and Medicine in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Old English and Late Medieval Studies

Dr David Clark

  • Gender and sexuality in medieval literature
  • Old English and Old Norse literature
  • Reception of the middle ages in literature and film

Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

  • Medieval and Renaissance wisdom literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance iconology
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature and political theology/canon law
  • Medieval and Renaissance romance
  • Langland, Chaucer, and the Gawain-Poet
  • Influence of monasticism and the religious orders on literature 1200-1500
  • Medieval mysticism and the influence of Neo-Platonism
  • 19th-and 20th-century medievalism, especially James Joyce

Dr Ben Parsons

  • Medieval and early modern comic forms
  • Chaucer and his reputation and reception
  • Textual editing and translation
  • The roles of violence in medieval culture
  • Medieval popular culture
  • Adolescence, youth and education
  • Popular religion and anticlericalism
  • Cultural links between England and northern Europe
  • The supernatural in medieval and early modern culture

Dr Philip Shaw

  • Old English language and literature
  • Pre-Christian religion and conversion in the Germanic-speaking world
  • English place-names
  • Onomastics

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Professor Gordon Campbell

  • Richard Hooker
  • John Milton
  • Matteo Boiardo
  • Scandinavian drama
  • Modern travel writing
  • Modern Islamic world

Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

  • Medieval and Renaissance wisdom literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance iconology
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature and political theology/canon law
  • Medieval and Renaissance romance
  • Langland, Chaucer, and the Gawain-Poet
  • Influence of monasticism and the religious orders on literature 1200-1500
  • Medieval mysticism and the influence of Neo-Platonism
  • 19th- and 20th-century medievalism, especially James Joyce

Professor Martin Dzelzainis

  • John Milton
  • Andrew Marvell
  • Literature and politics
  • Republicanism
  • Print culture
  • Libertinism

Professor Sarah Knight

  • Reception of the classical tradition in early modern England
  • Renaissance and early modern literature, especially drama and poetry
  • Schools, universities, and Inns of Court
  • Neo-Latin literature
  • Early modern translation
  • Editing and textual studies
  • Comparative literature (English, French, Greek, Italian)
  • Rhetoric and pedagogy

Dr Kate Loveman

  • The early novel
  • The history of reading
  • 17th- and early 18th-century life writing
  • Oral and manuscript cultures
  • News and pamphleteering
  • Pepys, Defoe, Swift

Dr Mary Ann Lund

  • John Donne
  • Editing texts
  • Renaissance medicine and illness writing
  • Print publication
  • History of reading

Romantic and Victorian Studies

Dr Claire Brock

  • Medicine and literature in the mid 19th to early 20th century
  • 19th-century science and literature
  • History of surgery
  • Gender and medicine

Professor Gowan Dawson

  • Mid- to late-Victorian literature
  • Literature and science
  • Pre-Raphaelite and aesthetic writing
  • 19th century journalism and print Culture

Dr Felicity James

  • Charles Lamb, Charles Lloyd, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and their circle
  • Writing of the 1790s
  • Religious dissent in the 18th and 19th centuries, including but not limited to Unitarianism
  • Life writing, biography, and autobiography in the 18th and 19th centuries

Dr Julian North

  • Romantic and Victorian literature, especially biographical work of Charles and Mary Lamb, Charles Lloyd, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and their circle
  • Writing of the 1790s
  • Religious dissent in the 18th and 19th centuries, including but not limited to Unitarianism
  • Women writers of religious dissent, including Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Mary Hays, Harriet Martineau, Amelia Opie, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Life writing, biography, and autobiography in the 18th and 19th centuries to biographical writing in the period c. 1790-1900
  • Biographical projects
  • Drugs in literature, especially 19th-century
  • Romantic and Victorian writers
  • Literary culture of the 1830s
  • 19th-century domesticity

Professor Philip Shaw

  • British Romantic poetry and prose
  • Wordsworth and Byron
  • Romanticism and war
  • Art and aesthetics
  • Literature and psychoanalysis
  • Popular music

Dr Claire Wood

  • Charles Dickens
  • Mid-Victorian fiction
  • Death culture, mourning, and commemoration
  • Material culture