In the most recent RAE (2008), 90% of the work submitted by the Department was judged to be of international standard with 30% assessed as world-leading (4*), 35% as internationally excellent (3*) and 25% as internationally recognised (2*). The Department’s performance, in terms of 4* and 3* results, was ranked 11th equal. Overall, the Department was ranked one of the top three English Departments in London.
We have particular strengths in the following research areas:
- Medieval Studies
- Shakespeare and the Renaissance
- 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture
- 19th Century Literature
- 20th Century Literature and Theory
- Creative Writing and Practice-based Research
Dr Betty Jay is Director of the MA in English Literature and Director of Post-Graduate Studies (Taught). She teaches and researches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and in areas related to feminism and gender. She has published on E.M. Forster, Anne Bronte and on contemporary cinema.
Professor Robert Eaglestone is the author of four books including Ethical Criticism (1997), and The Holocaust and the Postmodern (2004) and the editor or co-editor of four books including Derrida’s Legacies (2007) and J.M. Coetzee in Context and Theory (2009). He works on contemporary fiction and philosophy and is Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers.
Dr Ruth Livesey acts as an editor of the leading research journal in the field, the Journal of Victorian Culture and is, in addition a board member and an advisor to Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Dr Anne Varty’s most recent monograph, Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007) was shortlisted for the best book award 2007 by the Society for Theatre Research and highly commended in the George Freedley Memorial Prize 2009, US Theater Library.
Dr Sophie Gilmartin has received fellowships and awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC and the National Maritime Museum for her current project Letters from the Sea: Literature, Navigation and Identity in the Age of Sail .
Professor Robert Hampson FEA, FRSA is the author of Joseph Conrad: Betrayal and Identity, Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad's Malay Fiction and Conrad's Secrets (forthcoming). He was co-editor of Conrad and Theory (with Andrew Gibson) and has co-edited various works by Conrad, Kipling and Haggard for Penguin. He was formerly editor of The Conradian and is currently on the editorial board of Conradiana and The Journal of Postcolonial Writing.He also co-edited Ford Madox Ford: A Re-Appraisal (with Tony Davenport), Ford Madox Ford and Modernity (with Max Saunders), New British poetries: The scope of the possible (with Peter Barry), Frank O'Hara Now (with Will Montgomery)and is on the editorial board of The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. He is a Research Associate at the Centre Vortex, Paris III.
Dr. Will Montgomery works on contemporary poetry and poetics. He is the author of The Poetry of Susan Howe: History, Theology, Authority (Palgrave, 2010) and he has recently co-edited (with Robert Hampson) Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet (Liverpool UP, 2010). He has published many articles on contemporary poetry and is a member of the Poetics Research Group at Royal Holloway. He is also involved, as both critic and practitioner, in contemporary experimental music, field recording and sound art.
Dr Finn Fordham is a specialist of James Joyce, modernism and "genetic criticism", and his published articles on DeLillo, Danielewski, Walcott and Hill. His most recent book has been described as "one of the most engaging works of literary criticism in recent times." See http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199569403.do and http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199215867.do
Dr Kristen Kreider, a practicing poet and artist, collaborates with artist and architect James O’Leary to make performance, installation and multi-media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest. Kreider and O’Leary have performed and exhibited in the UK, as well as internationally in Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan.
Professor Judith Hawley is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature. Her research interests cover a broad range of eighteenth-century topics, including private theatricals, relations between literature and science and literary groups such as the Bluestockings and the Scriblerus Club.
Dr Jennifer Neville specialises in Old English poetry, and has published on a wide range of topics, including seasons, law codes, monsters, plants, national identity, travel, the Assumption of the Virgin, out of body experiences, horses, riddles, and Tolkien's use of Old English poetry. She is the author of Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 27 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). She is currently working on a monograph on the Old English Riddles.
Susanna Jones has published three novels: The Earthquake Bird (Picador, 2001), Water Lily (Picador, 2003) and The Missing Person's Guide to Love (Picador, 2007). Her fourth will be published in 2012. She has set fiction in Japan and regularly writes articles and reviews on books and topics related to Japan. Her fiction has won a Betty Trask Award, The John Creasey Memorial Dagger for Best First Crime Novel and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
Professor Jo Shapcott’s most recent collection of poetry, Of Mutability (Faber, 2010), was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize and the Costa Prize. She is the President of the Poetry Society.
Dr Christie Carson is co-editor of Shakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories (Cambridge, 2010), Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment (Cambridge, 2008) and The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive (Cambridge, 2000). She was also the Principal Investigator on a large AHRC grant that produced the online research resource Designing Shakespeare: an audio visual archive, 1960-2000.