We welcome postgraduate students and visiting research fellows to undertake research in our areas of interest (see below). Research students are registered for University of London degrees (MPhil/PhD) and work under the supervision of members of academic staff. Home students may receive financial support (research studentships) offered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. A limited number of College studentships and Department of English research grants are also available.
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Research areas in the Department include:
Classical and Medieval
Research in this area covers topics such as literacy and orality, cultural exchange between England and France, the writing of history, and the reception and transmission of medieval texts. Interests in the history of the book lead forward into the Sixteenth- Century and work in the Renaissance area.
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Staff working in this research area have an international reputation in 'applied intellectual history', a term coined at Queen Mary for this distinctive field. A close link with the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters provides scholars in the Department with a backdrop for archival research and a resource for intellectual exchange across a range of humanities disciplines.
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century Studies and Romanticism
Established research strengths lie in the literary analysis of polite and popular culture, in the poetry and politics of the Romantic and Victorian periods, and in intellectual history and the history of the book. The 'long Eighteenth-Century' is an area of particular interest and established research strength at Queen Mary, with colleagues working on rhetorics of race, philosophy, religion, gender and politics. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries are in close dialogue in the Department through research into poetry and poetic traditions of the period.
Modern and Contemporary, and Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Studies
The literature and culture of the modern period are a major focus of research activity among the staff. The
Department has a successful tradition of combining high-level research into individual writers with an interdisciplinary focus on the relations between literature, theory, culture and politics.
Modern and Contemporary Postcolonial Studies
A strong team of postcolonial researchers combines expertise on literatures in English from the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia.
Other research areas
The Department contributes to the work of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters; the Dr Williamsís Centre for Dissenting Studies; the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Seminars and Reading Groups are held in Medieval/Early Modern Texts and Contexts; Renaissance Studies; Dissenting Studies, Eighteenth Century; Enlightenment and Romanticism; Modernism; Psychoanalytic Thought; and Irish Studies.
Candidates will normally have a good first degree (upper second class honours or above) in the broad field of the humanities, and will be in possession of (or anticipate completing) a relevant Masters degree with at least one mark of Distinction level or equivalent.
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