School of English and Modern Languages

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  • Networks and Localities

    A sense of place

    Literature arises out of community, reflecting the many interests of localities and nations even as it acts powerfully on these interests.

    Our research explores how literature engages with the places it comes from, but also considers literature’s unique resourcefulness to overcome real-life boundaries using the resources of the imagination.

    Working under the broad heading of ‘Networks and Localities’, staff are exploring, through literature and language, the forms of intimacy which create and sustain literary networks; the relationships between nature, agency and identity; and how ideas of nationhood, and global culture, are shaped by language and literature. A particular strength of our research is utopian fiction from the early modern period onwards.

    Current and future projects include studies of migration and the recent refugee crisis; the history of Anglo-German relations; post-war Japanese cinema, and military culture in pre-war Japan; ‘thresholds’ in pre-Raphaelite poetry; ideas of urbanity in American poetry; and the role of magic and witchcraft in nineteenth-century regionality.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Esteban Devis-Amaya

    Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483731 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus

    Dr Mary Jean Chan

    Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
    Phone: 01865 3982 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, Room T4.16

    Dr James Hawes

    Reader in Creative Writing

    Dr Alexander Jacoby

    Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483731 | Email: | Location:

    Professor Simon Kövesi

    Head of Department of English and Modern Languages
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483587 | Email: | Location: Tonge Building, Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington

    Mr John Lo Breglio

    Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484105 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Niall Munro

    Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483433 | Email: | Location: T4.17 (Tonge Building)

    Dr Daniel O'Gorman

    Vice Chancellor Research Fellow in English Literature
    Phone: 01865 484106 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T605

    Professor Nicole B Pohl

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

    Dr Simon White

    Reader in Romantic & Nineteenth-Century Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484315 | Email: | Location: