The English Literature and Creative Writing Group is an active research community, with staff working supportively in a diverse range of areas, and an ever-growing group of postgraduate students working towards their research degrees.
English Literature staff
The following list gives and indication of our research specialisms. Please click on the name of the member of staff to see a more detailed research profile. We welcome inquiries from potential research students wishing to work broadly in these areas.
Dr Gavin Budge (Romanticism; philosophy and medicine; the supernatural and its influence on nineteenth-century literature; children's literature)
Dr Sam George (eighteenth-century women's botanical writing; young adult gothic fictions; vampire literature and culture)
Dr Rowland Hughes (early American literature and culture; Western American literature; ecocriticism, spatiality and critical animal studies)
Dr Christopher Lloyd (twentieth and twenty-first century American Literature and culture; the US South; cultural memory)
Dr Andrew Maunder (World War I theatre and entertainment; theatrical adaptation; crime writing)
Dr Janice Norwood (Victorian theatre and audiences; the history of female performance; nineteenth-century popular culture)
Dr Penny Pritchard (the history and literature of English Protestant dissent; Daniel Defoe; funeral sermons).
Dr Justin Sausman (occultism, science, technology and vitalism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature; landscape and literature; Gothic)
Dr Anna Tripp (twentieth-century and contemporary poetry; modernist writing; children's literature; gender and critical theory)
Dr Patricia Wheeler (feminist science fiction; dystopian literature and film; British women's working-class writing; Hertfordshire's literary heritage)
Creative Writing staff
The following list gives and indication of our areas of specialism. Please click on the name of the member of staff to see a more detailed research profile. We welcome inquiries from potential research students wishing to work broadly in these areas.
Helen Gordon (geology and the natural world; twentieth and twenty-first century fiction)
Dr Wayne Holloway-Smith (contemporary poetics of masculinity)
Simon Vinnicombe (contemporary drama and play writing, screen writing, drama adaptation)
Dr Jennifer Young (historical fiction; crime fiction; creative writing pedagogy; heritage studies)
Current postgraduate research students in English and Creative Writing:
Sulayman Al-Bassam (English Literature Phd programme): 'Practices and Processes Involved in Adapting Shakespearean Drama for and in the Middle East'
Matthew Beresford (English Literature PhD programme): 'The Lord Byron / John Polidori Relationship and the Development of the Early Nineteenth-Century Literary Vampire''
Caitlin Gillespie (Creative Writing PhD Programme): 'Scarlett: Contemporary ekphrastic poetry in response to the films of Vivien Leigh'
Neil Matthews (Creative Writing PhD Programme): 'Mind the Gap: Translating myths, legends and fairytales into modern transmedia narratives' (creative project); 'You are the Games Master now: World building, characterisation and interactivity in trans-media, multi-narrative story telling' (critical work)
Sally Moore (English Literature PhD programme): 'Tudor Tales for Women: The production and consumption of women's historical fiction, 1940-1954'
Jamie Popowich (Creative Writing PhD Programme): 'GrimHaven: a comedy about real estate in an age of exploding glass' (creative project); 'Nobody Moves -- Charles Willeford's Hardboiled Immovable Heroes' (critical work)
Angela Sparks (English Literature PhD programme): 'The Race for Identity: Challenging Stereotypes in Children's Literature by Indigenous Authors'
Nick Waters (Creative Writing PhD Programme): 'Strive: Social Anxiety in Cyberpunk Detective Fiction'
Jillian Wingfield (English Literature PhD programme): 'Monsters, Dreams, and Discords: Vampire Novels in Twenty-first-Century American Culture'