20th and 21st Century Literature and Theory
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The English department at Royal Holloway offers a dynamic research environment for those working on the modernist and contemporary periods. Our strengths include the study of literature in relation to modernism, postmodernism, philosophy, film and visual media, sound, contemporary poetics and performance, genetic criticism, science fiction, technology, Holocaust studies, terrorism and state violence, and postcolonialism.
Research students working on modernist and contemporary topics are able to develop their work in an atmosphere of supportive and encouraging debate. Staff are active in research groupings and seminar series within the department and the University of London, as well as in national and international networks.
Potential PhD students should either contact relevant staff members direct or get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Adam Roberts.
Areas of Expertise
Postmodernism and Contemporary Literature
Literature and Philosophy
- Robert Eaglestone (contemporary European philosophy, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida)
- Andrew Gibson (Post-Deleuzean French philosophy: modern and postmodern aesthetics; literature in modern philosophical contexts)
- Betty Jay (feminist theory)
- Kiernan Ryan (Marxist criticism; new historicism and cultural materialism)
- James Smith (Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, early English criticism - especially F.R. Leavis and 'Scrutiny', applications of critical theory to contemporary politics)
Literature, Film and Visual and Sonic Media
Contemporary Poetics and Performance
Science Fiction, Literature and Technology
Holocaust Studies, Terrorism and State Violence
- Robert Eaglestone (Holocaust and genocide studies, Arendt, historiography, literature)
Current Postgraduate Research Students
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Current Postgraduate Research Students: 20th and 21st Century Literature and theory
Series, Seminars & Reading Groups