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Our research strengths

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We have innovative and developing areas of specialism, reflected in the School’s research centres in Writing and the Environment, Contemporary Writing, and Book, Text and Place, 1500-1750. These centres tend to be multi-disciplinary and allied with researchers from Departments such as History, Creative Writing and Media. All of our postgraduate courses are taught at the University’s stunning Corsham Court campus - originally home to the Bath Academy of Art established in 1854 and now a centre for postgraduate study and research.

Postgraduate study in the Department tends to follow our areas of research strength: we run a taught MA in Literature, Landscape and the Environment and our research students (who are members of the relevant research centres and who run a monthly English Research Forum) are clustered around the areas of writing and the environment, contemporary writing, and early modern literature.

Departmental researchers include the book historian Professor Ian Gadd, early modernists Dr Tracey Hill and Dr Chris Ivic; eighteenth-century specialist Dr Stephen Gregg; eco-critics Dr Greg Garrard (Reader) and Richard Kerridge,; twentieth-century women’s writing specialists Dr Ellen McWilliams (Reader) and Dr Fiona Peters; modernist and contemporary writing specialist Professor Tim Middleton; Sylvia Plath scholar Dr Tracy Brain; Woolf scholar Dr Beth Wright; Americanist Professor Gavin Cologne-Brookes; Gothicist Professor William Hughes, and Wyndham Lewis specialist Professor Paul Edwards. The Department houses two scholarly journals, Green Letters and Irish Studies Review, and Gothic Studies is edited for Manchester University Press by Professor Hughes

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