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Introduction to Postgraduate English Literature

Lancaster University welcomes UK and international students to a wide range of postgraduate courses, and the Department of English and Creative Writing is particularly well-placed to offer a friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for all its postgraduate students.

Read more about our writing and research interests, and the wide range of work published in recent years by members of our Creative Writing and our English Literature staff.

Photo of Terry EagletonAlongside the History Department, the Department of English & Creative Writing is the largest recruiter of postgraduate students in the Humanities at Lancaster. At the present time we have over 50 PhD-level research students on our books (this includes both full and part-time students) and approximately 80-90 students taking our various Masters degree programmes. This means we have the ‘critical mass’ necessary for a buoyant and stimulating postgraduate and research culture.

Paul MuldoonAs a world-class department focused both on literary study and creative writing, our staff includes a host of eminent scholars and authors including Professor Terry Eagleton, formerly Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at Oxford and Professor Paul Muldoon, formerly Professor of Poetry at Oxford.  Professor Eagleton is one of the world’s most famous literary critics and Professor Muldoon one of the world’s most eminent poets.   Each year both offer a series of public lectures, open MA seminars, and Ph.D. tutorials. 

We are also delighted to announce that Professor Julia Kristeva will be visiting the department for a series of events in May 2015.

We offer (MA) 'Research Methods' and (PhD) 'Work in Progress' seminars to all campus-based students, which ensures that there is a regular forum at which all our research students can meet, socialise and support one another. The students on the various taught MA courses in English Literature have, of course, opportunities to meet each other on their various modules. All of these things contribute to the formation of a supportive and tight-knit postgraduate community.

Our MA students organise their own conference each summer term. In 2009, 'Intersections' featured papers on topics as various as 'The Groetesque from Frankenstein to Mrs Thatcher' to 'Wild West Films' and 'Japanese Gothic Politics'. Meanwhile, in 2010, 'Para-Sites' featured papers on the Gothic and Shakespeare. 'Shelley's Sirens of Paradise', horror and adjection in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 'Victorian Angels', 20th-century narratives of physical trauma, the novels of Eliot, the Brontes, Dickens, McInerney, Christie, Chandler, Burgess, Mistry and Douglas Coupland; the music of Bob Dylan and the films of Shane Meadows; the postmodern geography of the city, steampunk romance and the coma as a motif.

Each yearm a selection of these papers are published in the Department's own online journal, 'The Luminary'.

In recent years, the Department has also welcomed a series of distinguished international scholars to participate in postgraduate seminars, workshops, readings and symposia: Professor J. Hillis Miller (University of California at Irvine), Professor Simon Critchley (New School of Social Research, New York) and the acclaimed poet Paul Muldoon.

Student Journals

Cake publishes poetry, flash fiction and reviews with work from established poets and newcomers alike. Go to Cake»

Share research and make connections with other researchers. Go to the Luminary»

FLASH

The Flash Journal is an undergraduate run termly journal which publishes fiction, poetry, critical and hybrid work by current Lancaster undergrads. Go to Flash»

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