English research group

Diverse and dynamic community

The English research group is a dynamic and enterprising community of researchers and practitioners working in a range of literary, cultural and creative fields.

Areas of research specialism include twentieth and twenty first century literature and culture, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial studies, film, television and digital media studies, creative writing, and theatre and performance studies.

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture provides a thematic focus for research activity in English. Our research is distinguished by a shared interest in the cultural, historical and political configurations of identity in contemporary society. Researchers have published work on cultural representations of identity in relation to a diverse range of topics, including age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexuality. Creative writers have been commissioned to perform and publish work for national and international audiences.

Current research projects include: transgender and the literary imagination; neo-Victorian appropriations of the 'freak show'; gender, sexuality and race in music video; post war British theatre history; creative writing in therapeutic contexts; spatial practice and cultural geography; feminism, academia and austerity; money, modernity and writing; black Britain and literary adaptation; popular music and heritage tourism; poetry, performance and translation.

Research impact

The English Research Group is committed to sharing research and its benefits with public audiences beyond academia. Researchers have worked in partnership with a range of regional and national organisations and charities in the arts, education, public health and policy sectors. Researchers in English are actively engaged in promoting public engagement with the arts, supporting the creative culture of the Tees Valley, contributing to strategies to promote health, well-being and social inclusion and fostering public awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.

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On video: Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby's Sampo
Sampo is a themed collection of poems which has been performed at a number of prestigious international venues.
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Details of individual research specialisms and publications can be accessed through links to the English staff research profiles below. Research in English is also made publicly available through TeesRep , Teesside University's Open Access Research Repository.

Professor Emeritus Ben Knights

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Research students

The English Research Group welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in English or Creative Writing. PhD students in English are currently pursuing projects on topics including women and work in neo-Victorian fiction, gendered dialogue in adaptations of Jane Austen's novels and the transatlantic slave trade (practice-based PhD in Creative Writing).

PhD students in English are members of a wider postgraduate research community in the Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts, which incorporates Art, Dance, Design, History, Performing Arts and Media. PhD students benefit from team supervision and are supported to develop advanced professional skills towards future careers. The English Research Seminar provides a forum for the dissemination of new research and the MA Creative Writing hosts a programme of international visiting speakers.

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Get in touch

To find out more about research in English please contact Dr Rachel Carroll