English, Writing and Publishing research

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Some of our particular research strengths are:

  • Publishing Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Science Fiction
  • Children’s literature
  • C20th and C21st literatures of exile and migration
  • Classical literature in contemporary poetry and fiction
  • C19th literature and the Bible
  • C18th and C19th literature and radicalism
  • History of the Book
  • Renaissance Literature

Staff Research and supervision areas

Creative Writing & Publishing

Dr Tiffani Angus: In addition to interests in publishing and teaching creative writing, Tiffani’s research interests include British gardening history and the history of garden publishing, gardens in SFF, and women in post-apocalyptic fiction.

Dr Una McCormack: writes science fiction, and TV tie-in novels based on long-running franchises such as Star Trek and Doctor Who. She is interested in hearing from students with an interest in science fiction, particularly women's science fiction; and fanfiction/transformative works.

Laura Dietz’s research includes work on creative writing and science, evolutionary and cognitive approaches to literature, reputation and legitimacy in post-print publishing environments, and the novel, especially innovative forms. She welcomes PhD enquiries on these and other topics in writing.

Dr Helen Marshall is an acclaimed writer, editor and book historian. Her creative writing and publishing expertise covers fantasy, science fiction, horror novels, short stories and poetry. Her research explores the role of English book producers and writers from 1200-1500. Other research interests include, Publishing (editing, marketing, and business management); History of the book (manuscript culture); History of genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.); Creative writing (novels, short stories, poetry).

Professor Farah Mendlesohn: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fan Cultures and genre history.

Dr Colette Paul is interested in supervising Creative Writing projects, critical or practice-led, on any aspect of the short story. My other research areas include: Creative Writing pedagogy, short story theory, and contemporary short story writers, with a particular focus on Alice Munro.

Dr Mick Gowar has published five collections of poetry for children and young people with Puffin, Viking Kestrel and Penguin Plus, and has published a number of articles on the poetry of Ted Hughes. He is a past co-ordinator of the Cambridge Poetry Festival (1981) and contributed a chapter on the festival to 'The Salt Companion To Richard Berengarten'. He is at present writing a book on the history of creative writing teaching in schools which will include chapters on the work of Ted Hughes, Kenneth Koch and Michael Rosen.

English Literature

Dr Jeannette Baxter: modern and contemporary literature and fascisms; literatures of migration and exile; literature, history and the visual arts (post-1900), especially Surrealism in its global perspectives; the political and historical dimensions of Surrealist literature; Surrealism and neuroscience; Holocaust writing; East-Central European literature and culture.

Professor Sarah Annes Brown: the influence of Ovid on English literature and the creative reception of Shakespeare's plays. Her most recent book is A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny (MUP, 2012). She would welcome enquiries from students interested in these, or related, areas, and is currently researching the presence of classical texts in contemporary poetry and fiction, particularly science fiction.

Professor John Gardner: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century literature and culture; poetry and conflict; relationship between text and image in the romantic period; literature and politics; radicalism; Romantic period drama; literature and technology; nineteenth century newspapers and magazines; Scottish literature

Professor Eugene Giddens: Renaissance Drama, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, James Shirley, children's literature, Lewis Carroll, history of the book, textual editing, illustrations for children.

Dr Kate Houlden: Caribbean, postcolonial and world literatures or gender and sexuality studies.

Dr Elizabeth Ludlow: Nineteenth-century literature and the Bible, Victorian periodical publication and illustration practices, devotional poetry, the Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian historical fiction and the Early Church novel, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, the Brontës.