English Studies Research

Research in English Studies in the Division of Literature and Languages spans the medieval period to the present day.

Members of staff publish on Medieval translation, Early Modern manuscript and print culture (including Shakespeare, Bacon, Milton, Republican writing), Romantic-era writing, Victorian literature, Modernist literature, and Contemporary writing, as well as on interdisciplinary cross-period areas, particularly on book history (including scholarly editing and publishing studies), the Gothic, Scottish literature, postcolonial cultures of India, Australia and the Caribbean, religion, gender and sexualities, cultural studies and linguistics. We have a renowned group of award-winning creative writers working here, and a committed, intellectually searching postgraduate student community.

Research groups

Our research interests are organised according to the following cross-cutting thematic research groups that are shared with colleagues across the Division:

Global impact

Stirling is home to Routledge’s The New Critical Idiom Series (Series Editor: John Drakakis), as well as the 39-volume Stirling/South Carolina edition of James Hogg (General Editors: Suzanne Gilbert and Ian Duncan (University of California, Berkeley)), and the new five volume edition of Richard Baxter (General Editor: Neil Keeble). The following journals are edited by Divisional staff: Literature and Theology (ed. Andrew Hass), Journal of Romance Studies (ed. William Marshall), Journal of Stevenson Studies (ed. Rory Watson), International Journal of Scottish Literature (ed. Scott Hames and Ian Duncan), Journal of European Popular Culture (ed. Cristina Johnston).

In conducting research we are guided by our policy on impact: to preserve and make public global literary and cultural heritage; to develop new vocabularies to enhance understanding of cultural values and practices; to inspire and educate readers and audiences outside academia. Recent collaborations with external partners include the British Library, Aye Write!, the Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality and Peace, the Scottish Poetry Library, the National Trust for Scotland, NHS Scotland, and many others.

In the past five years we have significantly strengthened our research culture through shared divisional expertise, recruiting early career researchers and senior academics, and by hosting fellowships for creative writers through our external partnerships with the Charles Wallace Trust and the Royal Literary Fund.

Each year an Indian creative writer is based at Stirling thanks to the Charles Wallace Fellowship. Since 2006 the Africa in Motion film festival in Edinburgh (founded by Stirling PhD students) has offered our student interns the opportunity to gain experience in the creative arts industries.

Take a closer look at more of our research projects.