The Department of English, History & Creative Writing has a distinct and thriving research culture. The Department made two submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (2014) – History (D30), and English Language and Literature (D29), which includes the research of our language and literature teams, as well as the original work produced by our Creative Writing team.

In 2014, over 57% of the publications submitted by the English team were judged to be either ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).

The research culture in English studies includes the following active research groups: the North West Print Culture Network; the Narrative Research Group; the Poetics Research Group; the Gender and Sexuality Research Forum; the Linguistics Research Seminar; the Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Research Seminar; and Romanticism at Edge Hill. Conferences, symposia, and visiting speaker events take place frequently on the campus. The journals Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry are edited from the EHU campus.

The curricula of all our programmes of undergraduate and postgraduate study are informed by research activity. The Department offers several taught MA programmes. The MA Creative Writing develops the writing of all the major literary genres, taught in a supportive workshop environment; while the MA English, MA History & Culture, and MA Popular Culture programmes offer diverse and inter-disciplinary critical studies. There are also opportunities to study for the research degrees of MRes. and PhD. Fully funded PhD studentships are available in English studies, via the university’s Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scheme. The Department has a growing community of postgraduate research students; we welcome enquiries about postgraduate research in all of our major subject areas, and students are encouraged to consult the research interests in our individual staff profiles.

Some Areas of Academic Interest

  • English Language: history of English; historical linguistics; modern English structure and usage; lexicogrammar; regional variation; language and gender; phonetics; sociolinguistics; language contact; intercultural communication; psycholinguistics; bilingualism; language and music; critical discourse studies, corpus linguistics.
  • English Literature: the ‘long eighteenth century’; Romanticism; Gothic; Victorian studies; British drama since 1950; contemporary fiction; medieval literature; Renaissance literature; women’s writing; feminisms, masculinities, gender studies; postcolonial studies; neo-Victorian literature; children’s and Young Adult fiction; contemporary popular culture.
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