Research on literature in English
At Lund, research on literature in the English language is conducted by one professor, one docent, four senior lecturers, and two full-time doctoral students with salaried positions. A small unit in an international comparison, then; but our research is multifaceted, and most of us have more than one leg to stand on research-wise. English Literature has been an independent Lund discipline for more than half a century. Throughout that time, the idea has been that the continual addition of new perspectives makes for a richer research climate.
With that idea in view, research in English literature at Lund covers a range of different periods and genres and employs a variety of different critical methodologies, including new techniques from digital humanities. Areas of particular expertise include early modern drama; eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature and culture; nineteenth-century writing; modernism; contemporary Irish literature; and constructions of the body, and of desire, in a range of contemporary media. Current focal points include: adaptations of Shakespeare, and studies of Shakespeare in performance; theories of perception in Romantic-period cultural texts; the relationship between romanticisms and romantic nationalisms in Britain and the Nordic countries; women’s fashion in nineteenth-century novels; the translation to Swedish of British reform literature; rhetoric in the novels of Dickens; the visual in the work of George Eliot; modernism and romanticism in the poetics of T.S. Eliot; the financial crash and Irish fiction; and women’s writing of the interwar period.