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Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

English Literature

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.