Our focus areas are the following:
- Children’s Literature and Fantasy
- South African and Pan African literature
Our members of staff and postgraduate students are engaged in research in many diverse fields, including African literature, the literature of the MIddle Ages and Renaissance and the 18th century, Modernism and early 20th-century literature, the novel, Irish literature, and post-colonial literature.
See the fields of interest of our members of staff in About Us, Staff.
A new special interest, and interdisciplinary Faculty Research Theme, under the direction of by Prof Molly Brown, is The Child and the Story, which is intended to encourage more wide-ranging academic studies of children and narratives, focused both on the acquisition of improved reading fluency and also on larger issues such as what children are given to read, what languages they read in, what ideas are being promulgated in their stories, how oral traditions feed into or are excluded from literary culture, how the narrative can address trauma or play a role in individuation and how young readers/listeners respond to, reject or appropriate the narratives transmitted to them.