Our staff engage in interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching of literatures and cultures from the European countries to China, South Asia and Australia, covering different periods and sharing a focus on World Literature. The intellectual profile of the department is broad and dynamic, and the research interests of our staff and postgraduate students are wide-ranging.
Current work includes projects on Alice in Wonderland and fashion, the Marquis de Sade, Paul Celan, the history of comparative literature, and the representation of railway stations in literature. Research in Comparative Literature takes place within the department, but also spans departments in the School and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We enjoy dynamic collaborations with colleagues across the university, and with a range of external partners/organisations, including Liberty of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Our staff regularly contribute to conferences nationally and internationally, and are often involved in their organisation.
Research currently conducted by Department members include the following:
Individual staff specialisms and research profiles can be found here.