Our experts Literature and Drama Research Group

Justine Baillie

"My research is concerned with constructions of race, gender and class in women's writing, life writing, contemporary theory and the international Anglophone novel. My publications are interventions into theorizations of postcolonial, transnational diasporic identities that consider literatures in relation to canonicity, language and globalization. This has meant an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of intertextuality, ideology and the appropriation of literary texts."

Harry Derbyshire

"My research focuses on aspects of the contemporary British theatre. My doctorate was on the reception of Harold Pinter's later work and I have published on Pinter in relation to reception, London, style and celebrity; more broadly, I'm interested in the ways in which playwrights present their ideas to the public within the shifting cultural landscape of contemporary theatre. I've considered the challenging dramaturgical strategies of Edward Bond and Caryl Churchill, issues of representation as raised by the work of Roy Williams, and the way playwrights and their work are currently 'developed' within the theatre industry. I have also collaborated with Dr Loveday Hodson, lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester, to consider how verbatim theatre may advance human rights causes, and Dr Heather Lilley, my fellow lecturer in Greenwich, to assess the benefits of her on-going practical work with the Reminiscence Theatre Archive of Pam Schweitzer, which she curates."

Andrew King

"My research aims to get us to reconsider the marginal – not to replace the centre with the marginal, but to reflect on what's at stake in the violent hierarchies we make between the two. My aim is realised mainly through an exploration of Victorian periodicals, especially popular ones, and those other marginalised printed texts, trade and professional magazines (which far outnumbered fiction-based and "literary" publications). My other focus is on Victorian popular fiction, especially women's sentimental writing, in which tradition I place the writer Ouida, about whom I've published a good deal. I'm passionately committed to the idea of English as a discipline that enables us to create communities less united by common reference to a central set of canonical texts than a shared set of critical practices and social behaviours which are truly open to and which generate new knowledge and understandings."

John Morton

"My research is centred on the reception history of Victorian writers and their posthumous influence. Following the recent publication of my monograph Tennyson Among the Novelists which considered the presence of Tennyson's poetry in the English novel, I have started work on my next, entitled The Death of the Novelist. Beginning with Dickens, it charts, through a series of case studies, how obituaries, newspaper reports, biographies, posthumous editions and essays helped shape authors' images in the aftermath of their deaths, at the same time tracing the shifting conception of the 'novelist'. Other writers considered include Eliot, Thackeray, Bennett, Gissing, Conrad, Mary Ward and D. H. Lawrence. I am also interested in the legacies of the Victorian age as they are manifested in the present day, and to this end am currently working on Victorian influence in contemporary poetry, focusing on the work of Mick Imlah. In addition to this, I am co-editing the Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals, with Andrew King and Alexis Easley."

Cherry Smyth

"My work operates at the intersection of writing and visual art. I've recently completed a novel based on the life of Joanna Hiffernan, the muse and model for both James Whistler and Gustave Courbet. Hold Still brings together my concerns about creative expression, self-realisation and feminist theory. I am also interested in the lives of the women of the Bauhaus movement in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, artists such as Florence Henri and Anni Albers, and am exploring their work through a series of poems, still and moving images, beginning with a short film shown at the Camden Arts Centre in December 2012."

Dr Claire Sheridan

Claire has published articles on William Hazlitt, Mary Shelley, and the memoirs of William Godwin and Amelia Opie. Her chapter linking Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen with Frankenstein and the Godwinian novel appeared in the collection Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition in 2013. Her current research interests include the influence of the novels of William Godwin on younger Romantic authors, and on 19th-century popular culture. She is also working on the 19th-century playwright George Dibdin Pitt (the dramatist who made Sweeney Todd famous), and is concerned with what his work can tell us about censorship, print culture, and practices of adaptation in early 19th-century theatre.

Daniel Weston

Daniel has interests spanning the period from Modernism through the postwar era to the contemporary. His research has chiefly focused on representations of landscape, place, and environment in literary texts, with particular emphasis on contemporary writing in a number of different forms (poetry, fiction, non-fiction). He is interested in literary theory and interdisciplinary methodologies, and has worked to integrate literary studies and cultural geography. Other work has considered experimental novels, poetry manifestos, and the relationship between ecology and literary form. He is now turning his attention towards a new project investigating empathy and contemporary fiction.

Adeola Solanke

Paul Stanbridge - Writer in Residence 2016-17

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