The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures conducts research in literary and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present with particular strengths in the medieval and early modern period, in Romanticism, and in the contemporary period.
We have strong research specialisms in aesthetic paradigms; the study of emotions and trauma; literature and the history of science; intercultural transfer and communication; transnationalism and migration; gender and sexuality; the history of ideas; visual culture; language policy and politics; and modern theatre.
Research takes place within subject areas and in interdisciplinary clusters and research centres. Our various subject areas run regular seminar series as well as occasional research events, and many also organize yearly named lectures.
We collaborate closely with the Department of Comparative Literature and its members as we share many research interests with them.
Research in MLC was ranked highly in the last assessment of national research performance, the 2015 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), receiving a 3.04 overall GPA score, which ranks us second in London.