Our research interests centre on the period from 1830 to the present.

The range of topics we explore is extraordinarily diverse: from the Victorian novel to postcolonial theory, and from modern poetry to 21st-century fiction.

As well as English literature, our School has particular research strengths in South African, Asian, American, Irish and continental European writing. We are also interested in the relationship between the written word and the cinematic image. Staff and postgraduate researchers come from all over the world.

York's Berrick Saul building
The Centre sits within the Humanities Research Centre on Campus West.

Centre for Modern Studies

Our School has close links with the Centre for Modern Studies.

The Centre provides an open forum for intellectual exchange among academic staff and postgraduates working in the modern period

Each academic year, the Centre selects three to four key research strands which become focal points for interdisciplinary research.