About us Literature and Drama Research Group

Researchers in the Literature and Drama Research Group combine the research skills of specialists in English literature, drama, creative writing, philosophy and sociology to provide a youthful, forward-looking and energetic environment for both staff and postgraduate research.

We organise conferences, bring in outside speakers and speak ourselves in a variety of venues both academic and for the general public, and exploit that energy to deliver a full programme of subject-specific training and, in combination with related departments and the university as a whole, development for early career researchers.

While there is a good deal of emphasis on individual research, increasingly we also work in global networks of researchers collaborating within and across disciplines as well as in networks with external non-academic organisations both locally and internationally, from sheltered housing units to overseas education bureaux.

A small and new group of 15 core members we focus on literature and drama from Shakespeare onwards, with particular expertise in:

  • Shakespeare
  • eighteenth-century prose and poetry
  • nineteenth-century poetry, prose, periodicals and popular fiction
  • twentieth-century drama, American and British fiction
  • contemporary creative writing in poetry and prose, neo-Victorian poetry, community drama performance and devised theatre

The intellectual areas we focus on combine the established with the emerging:

  • communities (audiences, networks, audience-performer interaction)
  • women's writing
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • filiation (literary history)
  • the popular
  • print and the professions

Research Seminar Series

We organise a regular series of seminars to which we invite visiting speakers.

Postgraduate research students

The group welcomes postgraduate research students in our areas of research strength: please see the research study pages for detail of how to apply, and our staff webpages for specifics of research expertise, and our personal statements below.

Literature and Drama Research Group is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.