UCLan’s Literature and Cultures staff are internationally respected scholars with particular expertise in American literature and culture, British literature and non-British European writings. 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). Our experts in British literature have focused on modern and contemporary poetry, contemporary fiction, and Shakespeare and performance, while our scholarship in non-British European writings includes work on Albert Camus, Frederico García Lorca and narratives of the Holocaust.
Our staff have been awarded a number of British, American and European Research Fellowships by such bodies as the AHRC, the British Academy, the Broadcast Music Industry Foundation and the European Union. We are often called upon for peer review by funding organisations, major academic publishers and leading academic journals on both sides of the Atlantic.
We are demonstrably committed to extending the reach and significance of our research beyond the bounds of academia, as witnessed in:
Robert Duggan is the author of The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2013) as well as numerous articles on contemporary British novelists.
Yvonne Reddick has published book chapters and journal articles on Ted Hughes, Frederico García Lorca and Henry Williamson.
Anna Richardson Hunter has published essays on Holocaust narratives in such journals as Modernism and Modernity, Synthesis and the European Journal of English Studies.
Will Kaufman’s books include The Comedian as Confidence Man: Studies in Irony Fatigue (Wayne State University Press, 1997), The Civil War in American Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), American Culture in the 1970s (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Woody Guthrie, American Radical (University of Illinois Press, 2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (2017) and Mapping Woody Guthrie (2019).
Alan Rice has written among many books, books chapters and journal articles, Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003) and Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool University Press, 2010); he co-edited, with Martin Crawford, Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglas and Transatlantic Reform. (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and co-curated an exhibition on “Trade and Empire” for the Whitworth Gallery.
Theresa Saxon has published American Theatre: History, Content, Form (Edinburgh University Press, 2011) as well as articles on nineteenth-century American theatre, pantomime and burlesque.
Naomi Kruger has published the novel, May (2018).
Raphael Hoermann publishes scholarly articles on the Haitian Revolution and its representation in transatlantic culture.
Philip Braithwaites playscripts have won awards from the BBC World Service and the British Council, among other prestigious award bodies.
In 2019 we were proud to welcome Dr Astrid Haas and Dr Nicole Willson as Research Fellows. Dr Haas specializes in travel writing and autobiography of the Americas, African Diaspora and Latinx Studies, Gender, and Science Studies, and is with us under the auspices of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Dr Willson is currently a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow specialising in the intersection of Black Studies, Haitian Studies and American and Caribbean Cultural Studies.
Our MA by Research allows you to choose your specialism in English literature and culture (including theatre and drama), critical theory, English language and creative writing – or a combination of these areas.
You will be joining an established research team and will have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognised scholars and researchers who are specialists in their fields. Our expertise is wide-ranging and includes:
The MA by Research will provide you with the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills applicable to many professions. Our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers in theatre production, national government, teaching in further and higher education, and also as published authors.
Recent success from within the English subject team includes:
Dr Robert Duggan, Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Will Kaufman, FRSA, FHEA, Professor of American Literature and Culture
Dr Yvonne Reddick, Senior Research Fellow in English
Dr Alan Rice, National Teaching Fellow and Professor of English and American Studies
Dr Theresa Saxon, FHEA, Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Collegium for African American Research