Networks and Localities
Our research explores how literature reflects and shapes the interests of communities, localities and nations. We are also interested in literature’s ability to overcome real-life constraints using the resources of the imagination through utopias and utopianism.
Our work reveals local, national, transnational, and international links between peoples and cultures. We have particular expertise in labouring-class rural writing, including the works of John Clare; and in the idea of Britishness and British encounters with others. Cluster members have also worked extensively on how literature explores a sense of belonging or unbelonging, and on the literature of diasporic communities.
Current projects include a study of global literature and terror; the forms of intimacy which create and sustain literary networks; a book about frames and thresholds in pre-Raphaelite poetry; and the role of magic and witchcraft in nineteenth-century notions of regionality.
|Mrs Sarah Franklin||Senior Lecturer in Publishingemail@example.com|
|Dr James Hawes||Reader in Creative Writingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Professor Elisabeth Jay||Professor Emerita of English Literatureemail@example.com|
|Dr Tatiana Kontou||Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literaturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Professor Simon Kövesi||Professor and Head of Departmentemail@example.com|
|Dr Simon White||Reader in Romantic & Nineteenth-Century Literaturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Project title and description||Investigator(s)||Funder(s)||Dates|
An anniversary project celebrating 200 years since the publication of John Clare’s first book, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, in 1820.
|Professor Simon Kövesi||Arts Council England, John Clare Society||
From: January 2019
Until: September 2021