The Department produces world-class research and teaching in all major areas of literary study and creative writing, with particular strengths in: literature and location; Gothic literature and culture; literature and religion; creative writing; and critical creative fusions.
The following Distinguished Visiting Professors underpin the department's critical identity: world-famous literary critic, Terry Eagleton; 2017 winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Paul Muldoon; and celebrated biographer and graphic novelist, Benoit Peeters.
There is a vibrant postgraduate community in the department. They host numerous reading groups, specialist conferences, research seminars and workshops with distinguished academics and visiting writers. The department holds their own literary festival, Lancaster Words, and have close links with the Lancaster Litfest and the Dukes Theatre.
The department is home to six journals, which span the literary field from medieval to contemporary literature. Our journals publish both critical and creative writing and feature work from all over the world by established and emergent scholars and writers. These journals present current students with the opportunity to have their own work published, and to engage with newly emerging work from early careers researchers.