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"All members of our academic staff are engaged in research and publishing: over the past few years we have produced scholarly books, novels and poetry collections, journal articles, book chapters, and online publications. Some of us are editors of journals and magazines and we are regularly consulted by a range of publishers and editors as expert reviewers. Staff and postgraduates also organise academic conferences, public lecture programmes, workshops, study days and literary events.

Our research activities and specialised knowledge inform the modules we teach, ensuring that students are able to engage with the latest developments and research methods in the discipline. We also bring our research into the community through public lectures, talks and study days in schools, poetry readings and broadcasts on radio. We liaise with museums and libraries and speak at a range of events organised by literary societies, as well as receiving invitations to give keynote lectures at conferences and other events.

As a Department we not only view research and publishing as integral to our work, we also feel passionate about our specialist areas. I can’t imagine working with more enthusiastic colleagues; both as teachers and researchers, academics in English are committed to achieving excellence and inspiring others. "

-- Professor Deborah Wynne, the English Department’s Director of Research

The English Department's three research areas are: English LiteratureCreative Writing, and English Language. Academic staff are currently involved in a number of research projects and our work has resulted in a wide range of publications.  Among the recently-published books written and/or edited by members of the English Department are:

  • Professor Alan Wall's novel, Sylvie's Riddle (London: Quartet, 2008).
  • Professor Deborah Wynne's monograph, Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).
  • Professor Alan Wall's book of poetry, Doctor Placebo(Shearsman Books, 2010) [Chosen as a book of the year by the Welsh Arts Council]
  • Dr William Stephenson's monograph, Gonzo Republic: Hunter S. Thompson's America (New York: Continuum, 2011).
  • Dr Ashley Chantler (working with Michael Davies and Philip Shaw) edited Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in Honour of Vincent Newey, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).
  • Dr Matt Davies's monograph, Oppositions and Ideology in News Discourse (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).
  • Dr William Stephenson's book of poetry, Rain Dancers in the Data Cloud (Matlock: Templar, 2012) [Winner of the Iota shots award 2012]
  • Dr Joanne Close (working with B. Aarts, G. Leech & S. Wallis) edited The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating recent language change with corpora. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • Dr Sarah Heaton's edited collection of essays, Fashioning Identities: Cultures of Exchange(IDP, 2013)
  • Dr William Stephenson's book of poetry, Source Code (Bristol: Ravenglass Poetry Press, 2013) [Winner of the Ravenglass Poetry Prize 2012]
  • Dr Emma Rees's monograph, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Members of the English Department have also written textbooks designed to help undergraduates in their studies. Dr Ashley Chantler is the series editor for 'Character Studies', now published by Bloomsbury Academic Press. The following books in the series were published by members of the Department in 2008:

  • Dr Graham Atkin, Twelfth Night: Character Studies
  • Dr Melissa Fegan,  Wuthering Heights: Character Studies
  • Dr Ashley Chantler, Heart of Darkness: Character Studies

In 2010 a useful student guide, Studying English Literature, was published by Continuum, edited by Ashley Chantler and Dr David Higgins (from the University of Leeds). Several members of the English Department contributed chapters to the book: Dr Derek Alsop, Dr Emma Rees, Dr William Stephenson, and Professor Deborah Wynne.