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English Literature - Research informed

Staff research interests and expertise inform many of our modules. We have modules on American literature, led by an experienced and published specialist in that area, while we also offer a module on science fiction led by a tutor whose recently-awarded PhD was on science fiction. Tutors have published on contemporary fiction, on women’s writing, and on modern poetry. Naturally tutors are enthusiastic about teaching which is based on their own research, as this provides opportunities for sharing their knowledge of subjects they are passionate about, and students’ responses to our modules indicate their appreciation of this. We have introduced a third-level module on Caribbean writing as a result of having appointed an expert on post-colonial literature who is also editor of an academic journal on this subject. Other tutors have research interests in such areas as Shakespeare and the Renaissance, expertise in the Gothic, while our two published creative writers are, respectively, a novelist and a poet

Create logoPedagogic research into interdisciplinary practice led to the development of a cross-arts exhibition for first-year students, enabling them to showcase their work in a variety of media which required their response to one or more of the texts they had studied on our introductory module. This has since developed into Literature’s contribution to the annual students showcase event Create organised by the Faculty.

One staff member’s research interest in the eighteenth century has led to the development of a Level 3 module on the eighteenth-century metropolis. A group of students on this module were inspired to organise, finance, and stage an eighteenth-century masked ball in the impressive setting of York’s Judges Lodgings, a Grade 1 listed Georgian building. For this event, students not only took care of bookings, tickets, and the overall administration, they made themselves eighteenth-century costumes. Not only was the event a great success but it was one that the students thoroughly enjoyed.