The School of English sustains a rich and productive research culture, spanning the full chronological range of literary studies and including Creative Writing, Digital Arts and Humanities and Film and Screen Media. Staff in the School have interests in such areas of theoretical enquiry as gender and sexuality, postcolonialism, poststructuralist theory, cultural history and transnationalism.
The School has a strong record in achieving scholarships from national and international bodies. There are currently 26 students registered on PhD programmes and the School hosts three postdoctoral fellows. In the past 6 years 12 postdoctoral researchers have held fellowships in the School, funded by the Irish Research Council, the European Union, the National University of Ireland and private philanthropy.
The School’s research activity focuses on two main strands, each of which crosses periods and cultures and is sustained via conferences, research seminars and graduate education, as well as staff publications.
Literature, Film and Place: research in this strand relates to the culture, history and theory of space and place and incorporates enquiry into regional, national and transnational identities; postcolonial theory; transoceanic and transatlantic literatures and cultures; eco-criticism; creative writing; theories of space and place. Research projects and collaborations in this area include the Transatlantic Connections Project, the Wales-Ireland Research Network and the IRC-funded projects The World-Tree: An Interactive Digital Archive for the Teaching and Study of the Vikings and Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures.
Literature, Film and the Past: research in the School represents all the main periods of literature across its centuries of development, with growing expertise in film. This fullness of coverage animates research into the transmission and transformation of texts across time, and is very important in defining our identity in national and international terms. The School has strong theoretical interests in such issues as historiography, cultural history; materiality; reception, influence and intertextuality; mediation and adaptation. Research in creative writing includes historical fiction and memoir.