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Literature and Cultures

Our Literature and Cultures staff are internationally respected scholars with particular expertise in American literature and culture, British literature and non-British European writings.

Overview

Our experts in British literature have focused on modern and contemporary poetry and contemporary fiction, while our scholarship in Creative Writing is backed by our staff’s publication of novels and poetry collections and stagings of their plays.

Thus, our Americanists have been working on such areas as the Black Atlantic culture, memorialisation and African American slavery, African American visual arts, comedy and humour, the Civil War in US culture, the culture of the 1970s, radical American protest music and American theatre and performance (including its British connections).

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Poetry, grief and healing

Poets have a great deal to say about grief; many people read poems at funerals and poetry is the only kind of writing to have a special form devoted to mourning, the elegy.

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Woody Guthrie and ‘Old Man Trump’

Professor Will Kaufman's research practice has revolved around the use of archival materials to understand Woody Guthrie’s activism

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