Department of English and Modern Languages

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  • Materialities

    What changes when we read ‘things’?

    Working under the broad heading of Materialities, our staff undertake research into Literary Cultures, Material Cultures, Performance Practice and Textual Scholarship.

    Our work explores the things which people make, give and exchange – and considers how and why these things acquire meaning in the world. Our research also engages fundamentally with recent changes in literary studies which ask us to think about the text as an object and to understand the different things that ‘matter’ when we write, read, watch or otherwise experience literature.

    We have worked on topics as diverse as modernist embodiment, the nineteenth-century séance, needlework in female coterie culture, Shakespeare’s ghosts, and early modern laundry. We also have significant and internationally recognised expertise in the field of textual editing, and our researchers have worked with groups such as the RSC on the history of performance.

    Current and future projects include editing early modern drama for Oxford University Press, and a multivolume collection on Victorian Material Culture.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Carina Bartleet

    Senior Lecturer in Drama
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484977 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Katharine Craik

    Research Lead and Reader in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750)
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484299 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Laura Higgins

    Senior Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Drama
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483912 | Email: | Location: T4.11b

    Dr Tatiana Kontou

    Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484236 | Email: | Location:

    Professor Daniel Lea

    Programme Lead, English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and Professor of Contemporary Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483163 | Email: | Location: Tonge 412a, Gipsy Lane Campus

    Dr Eleanor Lowe

    Senior Lecturer in Drama
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484340 | Email: | Location:

    Professor Nicole B Pohl

    Professor in Early Modern Literature and Critical Theory
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484237 | Email: | Location: Oxford

    Dr Eric White

    Senior Lecturer in American Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483912 | Email: | Location: Tonge Building T413b