Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics. Research broadly fits into six key themes:
Research in medieval literature at the University of Hull encompasses a complementary but diverse range of specialisms, ranging from Old Norse to medievalism. .
Given the interdisciplinary nature of all medieval research and the ways in which it is grounded in archival study, colleagues in the medieval cluster have research interests in multiple categories. Specific areas of interest include textual practice and identity; mythology and moralia; and epistemologies of medievalism in film, media and television
The Renaissance and Early Modern cluster has strong research and teaching expertise in Shakespeare; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama and poetry; literature and politics; Renaissance intertextualities; drama and visual culture; and the literature of ruins.
18th and 19th Century
The eighteenth and nineteenth-century specialists in the Department of English constitute a lively and enterprising research culture at the cutting-edge of international and interdisciplinary scholarship. Research is supported by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS).
Modern and Contemporary
Research expertise includes work on: D. H. Lawrence; crime fiction; gothic, horror and science fiction; the novel; women's writing; women's suffrage literature; poetry; literature and place; literature and the life cycle (age, youth, children's literature); literature and law; and auto/biography.
Creative writers in the Department of English have expertise in creative non-fiction, crime fiction, the novel, short fiction including flash fiction, and poetry. Research is supported by The Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, which has hosted many of the world's finest writers such as Hilary Mantel, Christopher Hampton, Edna O'Brien, and Kate Mosse.
The Department of English has research expertise in Critical Discourse Analysis; and teaching expertise in social aspects of language in use: language and power, language and journalism, stylistics. Language experts in the Department of English work across disciplinary boundaries and maintain links with colleagues in other departments, most notably with the School of Modern Languages.