Literature and Cultures

With leading works published on a wide range of subjects, UCLan research in literature and cultures develops our appreciation of cultural expression and performance across the Anglophone world.

Literature and Cultures


Illustrating a broad engagement with cultural expression and performance across the Anglophone world, literature and cultures research activity covers a wide range of interests.

Members of the team have published leading works on subjects as varied as radical narratives of the Black Atlantic, the Civil War in American culture, the grotesque in contemporary British fiction, slavery and memorialisation, the American 1970s, nineteenth-century American theatre and protest music. We also have a strong cohort of experts working in the area of Creative Writing.

Staff are always looking to find original ways to disseminate their research findings to the widest audience in imaginative and creative ways, and current work includes:

  • British poetry and fiction, both modernist and contemporary
  • American drama, in particular the 19th century and transatlantic performance
  • American musical culture
  • Memorialisation and Atlantic slavery
  • Children’s literature, including crossover fiction
  • Creative Writing

Building on our research capabilities the English subject team offers their expertise in supervising Masters by Research in English literature, English language and creative writing. We also welcome interdisciplinary proposals that draw upon combinations of our specialisms and explore multi-disciplinary methodologies. If you have a passion for the subject area and know what you want to study then the MRes at UCLan is for you.

At UCLan you will join a stimulating research environment that incubates your passion and places an emphasis on student-led learning. Our established research culture encourages postgraduate participation and gives students the independence to complete a project in depth.

You will have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognised scholars, researchers and professors along with access to The Institute for Black Atlantic Research. Furthermore, we also run a comprehensive programme of research seminars and symposia, which includes distinguished visitors such as famous novelist Caryl Phillips and Broadway star Judy Blazer.

Visit the Literature and Cultures research group to find out more about our MA by Research provision.

To find out more about research in Literature and Cultures, contact Professor Will Kaufman or Dr Theresa Saxon:

Prof Will Kaufman
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893035

Dr Theresa Saxon
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 893031


Professor Will Kaufman - a recognised world expert on the life and work of Woody Guthrie - takes his academic research onto the stage on both sides of the Atlantic (including Glastonbury Festival and the Smithsonian), writing and performing live musical programmes on Guthrie.

Professor Alan Rice’s work in slavery and memorialisation has resulted in collaborations with the Whitworth Gallery and regional museums in the North West.

Dr Theresa Saxon gives public lectures on late 19th-century ‘leg shows’ and is developing a public performance project on ‘lost’ plays on race and gender.

Professor Will Kaufman wrote an article in January 2016 entitled “Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’, and a real estate empire’s racist foundations”.This was written for The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website produced by academics and journalists. His article was picked up and republished by numerous UK and international media publications and National Public Radio (US) for their “All Things Considered” programme.

Dr Yvonne Reddick has been conducting public workshops on Creative Writing as therapy for grief and mourning, while Dr Philip Braithwaite has had his plays performed on stages throughout the world.

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