Medieval poetry and 21st century immersive performance. Shakespeare's Globe and contemporary fiction. Theatre and political activism in the morning, and a novel by Virginia Woolf in the afternoon. West End shows, East End galleries, and all London's literary and dramatic heritage on your doorstep.
At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that our diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. The School of English and Drama combines cutting-edge research and teaching with a distinctive commitment to community and social change.
Long dedicated to the broadest and most inclusive vision of English Studies, our Department of English spans cultures and periods, encompasses literary studies and creative writing, and ranges across platforms from the manuscript to the book, and from the stage to the digital. Grounded in London’s East End, our research and teaching emphasises global perspectives and the relationship between literature and the wider world.
With a commitment to social justice, our Department of Drama draws on the work of our activist theatre makers including Paul Heritage and Lois Weaver, creating new ways of thinking about the classics and including marginalised and new texts, voice, communities to examine life through performance.
Our passion for seeing the world from different perspectives resonates in all our teaching and research. We practice our ideas not only in the university but in our local community, in working with schools and arts organisations, working in prisons, or in the favelas of Brazil. Committed both to innovation and inclusivity, the School of English and Drama helps to shape national and international debates about the role of the arts and humanities in creating positive social change.
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