Literary studies & cultural history

The Literary Studies & Cultural History cluster draws together colleagues who work on literary and discourse analysis, examining the cultural contexts of literary texts across a range of countries, languages and eras.

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Cluster activities include:

  • Work-in-progress
  • Study days
  • Roundtables
  • Postgraduate presentations

Key areas of expertise and associated projects:

National literatures

  • Soviet and post-Soviet literature and culture, Socialist Realism, Soviet national literatures, Russian and Soviet film, critical theory and Soviet cultural history – Prof. Evgeny Dobrenko
  • Distinctive German forms of early realism, and author- and text-focused research on many aspects of the German 19th century - Prof. Michael Perraudin

The canon / the non-canon

  • Twelfth-century romance texts in France, including texts that are ususally labelled 'non-canonical' - Dr Penny Simons
  • The Galdós Editions Project - Dr Rhian Davies

Modern and contemporary literatures

  • Modern Catalan and peninsular Spanish literature and culture – Dr Louise Johnson
  • Contemporary German-language literature, especially authors who rose to prominence after German unification - Dr Giles Harrington
  • Modern Latin American literature – Prof. Phil Swanson

Cultural history

  • Cultural history and popular and mass culture in Latin America – Dr Lauren Rea
  • Eighteenth-century French literature and cultural history - Dr David McCallam
  • Relationships between sport, literature and visual culture in Latin America - Prof. David Wood

Our research

The School of Languages and Cultures boasts a thriving research community of academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate students. 

Research in the School