The School of English in UCC sustains a rich and productive research culture and was recognised as excellent in the last institutional Research Quality Review. Research Quality Review Panel N Report
Across the School, researchers investigate the ways in which meaning is embedded in form and shaped by historical, cultural and political contexts. The School is active in close and engaged analyses of texts across the full range of English as a subject and beyond, from Old English through to twenty-first century literature, creative writing, and digital media. The School offers PhD training in all these areas. The School is also committed to enriching cultural and intellectual life, nationally and locally, through our research-based public engagement activities.
Research in the School is divided across chronological periods but united by shared interests in areas of theoretical inquiry such as gender and sexuality, postcolonialism, poststructuralist theory, cultural history and transnationalism. A strong tradition of high quality individual research continues in the School; alongside dynamic interconnections in such areas as Irish Studies, book history, Digital Humanities and transnationalism. The research environment benefits from these separate and intensive initiatives, and 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. These strengths underpin and sustain the excellent, research-led teaching that we offer to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Literature and Place
There is a nexus of research expertise in the School that relates to the culture, history and theory of space and place. Instances include research into regional, national and transnational identities; postcolonial theory; transoceanic and transatlantic literatures and cultures; eco-criticism; creative writing; the short story; theories of space and place.
Literature and the Past
Research in the School currently represents the main periods of literature across its centuries of development. The fullness of our coverage animates a distinct and successful strand of School research into the transmission and transformation of cultural 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; while research in creative writing includes historical fiction and memoir.
Research strategy is organised through the School’s Research Committee, chaired by the School Research Officer, Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir.