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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

English research

The research unit is one of the most successful research groups in the University. Staff conduct research in a number of areas, including 19th- and 20th-century British and American fiction; modernism; critical theory; Gothic writing; travel writing; gender and writing; Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature;  literary representations of the Balkans; narratives of slavery; women's writing; writing, memory and trauma; life writing and human rights, contructions of identity and nationality in 19th and 20th century fiction; Eighteenth-century British home, domestic space, material culture and art; writing and sexuality; Black British fiction;  Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and Islam; and early modern women’s writing .

Study pic In addition, Kingston Writing School provides opportunities for research across a range of areas as part of our taught masters and Doctor of Philosophy or Masters by Research.

The department also has links to Cultural Histories @Kingston, an interdisciplinary research group centred around the concept of the 'cultural text'. The group includes researchers from the fields of literature, film, media, history, music, dance, performance, and journalism, brought together by their shared interest in the way in which narratives written, visual, and performative shape and have shaped individual and communal experience, material culture, and everyday life.

Please see also our PhD students page.

Research areas

  • British and American fiction from the eighteenth-century to the present day
  • Modernism
  • Critical Theory
  • Gothic writing
  • Travel writing
  • Gender and writing
  • Literary representations of the Balkans
  • Narratives of slavery
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature
  • Early American Literature and the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
  • Women's writing from the eighteenth century to the present
  • New Woman and fin de siecle fictions
  • Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and Islam
  • English women's religious poetry during the seventeenth century
  • Postcolonial/Diasporic studies
  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing for Children
  • Writing Biography
  • Writing Memoir
  • Writing Crime Fiction
  • Writing for the Stage
  • Iris Murdoch Archive
  • Suburban Studies @ Kingston
  • Life Narratives Research Group - Life Writing*

Writers' Centre Kingston: Forgetting


7.00pm, Thursday, 25 January 2018
Stanley Picker Gallery, Knights Park campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ

Writers' Centre Kingston is a literary cultural centre dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events from talks to workshops and festivals.

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