Department of English and Modern Languages

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  • Medicine, Science and Technology

    New worlds, new words

    Since the early modern period, literature has explored how medicine, science and technology can transform human culture and the human body.

    The impact of science and technology has escalated in recent times, and our staff are involved in a range of different projects which evaluate and interpret the literature that has emerged as a result.

    Our researchers are exploring how augmented reality brings art and literature to life in new ways; how computing technology helps us understand the ways language positions us in literary and virtual worlds; how modernist literature filters the legacy of late-nineteenth century scientific innovation; and the technology of the Renaissance anatomy theatre.

    Current and future projects are focused on the history of hygiene; technologies for recording the nineteenth-century face and voice; Victorian abortion; constructions of the male body in recent prose fiction; and post-partum psychosis in contemporary theatre.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Eric White

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

    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

    Professor Alex Goody

    Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483989 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus T4.10

    Dr Katharine Craik

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

    Dr Carina Bartleet

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