English (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • English language and literature at Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 and English is ranked 13th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) English and drama at Sussex ranked in the UK top 10 for research quality. We have a well-established international reputation for producing research that develops and extends the boundaries of the subject.
  • English runs a range of innovative MA courses, taught by faculty working at the forefront of English studies.
  • We support research centres such as the Centre for Modernist Studies and the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies, which focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching, and attract high-profile speakers from around the world.
  • We have a diverse and thriving community of postgraduate students who contribute to an outstanding research culture.

Programmes

  • PhD in English
  • MPhil in English

The English faculty encompasses research strengths and interests that span most periods of English literature and contemporary critical theory.

Particular areas of expertise include Renaissance writing; culture and ideology; the novel from the 18th century to the present; romantic, Victorian and modern poetry; and all aspects of modernism and postmodernism.

There is a strong commitment to the interdisciplinary study of literature in its historical and discursive context in relation to philosophy, history of art and the history of ideas; to postcolonial and feminist criticism; to gay and lesbian criticism; and to recent developments in psychoanalytic, Marxist, post-structuralist and ‘new historicist’ criticism.

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Recent and current thesis titles 

Gossip: gender and genre from Pepys to Woolf

Law and form: Joyce, Beckett and philosophy

More intimate than violence: rape, representation and the civic bond

Shakespeare and cyberspace

Temporality in modernist literature

The body in sickness in England 1558-1640

Thomas Hardy’s relations with contemporary readers

TS Eliot, mass culture and the music hall

Virginia Woolf’s essays: a woman writer’s production of literary history

Waking nightmares: a critical study of Ian McEwan’s novels

Entry requirements

MPhil in English

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a literary subject or another discipline relevant to your chosen area of research.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in English

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a literary subject or another discipline relevant to your chosen area of research.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

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For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

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Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
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Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in English fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in English fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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Faculty interests

The following list includes all the English faculty, and other contributors to English MA degrees. 

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Dr Richard Adelman
Senior Lecturer
R.Adelman@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Aestheticism, Critical Theory and Marxism, Dramatic monologue, Eighteenth-century culture, Gothic, Idealist aesthetics, labour, Political economy, Repose, Romanticism, Victorian culture

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Dr Sara Jane Bailes
Reader in Theatre & Performance Studies
S.J.Bailes@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Theatre and performance studies

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Prof Peter Boxall
Professor of English
P.Boxall@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Modernist and contemporary writing

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Dr Natalia Cecire
Lecturer in English & American Literature
N.Cecire@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: American Studies, English and American literature, Feminist theory, History and Philosophy of Science, Modern and contemporary American poetry

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Dr Sara Crangle
Professor
S.Crangle@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Abjection, Affect Studies, Archives and Editing, Avant-Gardism, Bataille, Bathos, Dada, Everydayness, Experimental Poetry, Futurism, Gertrude Stein, Grace Lake/Anna Mendelssohn, High and Late Modernism, James Joyce, Levinas, Mina Loy, Nietzsche, Phenomenology, Satire, Virginia Woolf, Wyndham Lewis

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Dr Sue Currell
Reader in American Literature
S.Currell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: American History, American Studies, Cultural History, English and American literature, Twentieth Century Literature

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Dr Alistair Davies

H.A.Davies@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: English

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Dr Denise Decaires Narain
Senior Lecturer in English
D.Decaires-Narain@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Caribbean women's writing

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Prof Matthew Dimmock
Professor of Early Modern Studies
M.Dimmock@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: English literature 1500-1700, History, Islam, Otherness, Prophet Muhammad

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Prof Andrew Hadfield
Professor of English
A.Hadfield@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Travel writing

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Dr Andrea Haslanger
Lecturer in 18th Century English Literature
A.Haslanger@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Doug Haynes
Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Visual Culture
D.E.Haynes@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Affect Theory, American Modernism, American Visual Art, Critical Theory, Economic Theory, Fictions of Threat, Ideas of pornography, Ideas of security, Marxism, Modern and contemporary American literature, Postmodern Literature, Psychic phenomena as types of literature, Thomas Pynchon

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Prof Margaret Healy
Professor of Literature and Culture
M.J.Healy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: medical humanities, Renaissance studies, Shakespeare

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Prof Tom Healy
Professor of Renaissance Studies
T.F.Healy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Renaissance studies

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Dr Michael Jonik
Lecturer in English and American Literature
M.Jonik@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: African American literature and culture, American Philosophy, American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Critical Theory and Marxism, Deleuze, Early American Literature, Emerson, English and American literature, Foucault, Henry James, History of science, Intellectual History, Melville, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, psychoanalysis, systems theory, Systems Theory; Control, The Transatlantic Enlightenment, Theory of mind, Thoreau

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Dr Daniel Kane
Reader in English & American Literature
Daniel.Kane@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Modern and contemporary American poetry, Popular Music, US cinema and popular culture

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Prof Maria Lauret
Professor of American Literature and Culture
M.Lauret@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 20th C Americanisation in the US, African American literature and culture, Alice Walker, American feminism, American immigrant literature, American immigration, Bharati Mukherjee, Junot Diaz, multilingual literature, Richard Rodriguez

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Prof Vicky Lebeau
Professor of English
V.A.Lebeau@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: cinema and childhood, image and text, NHS in literature and culture, psychoanalysis

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Dr John Masterson
Lecturer in World Literatures
J.E.Masterson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 20th and 21st Century Literature and Art, African American literature and culture, African diasporas, American immigrant literature, apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, English and American literature, Literary And Cultural Theory, Literature of Exile, Migrant and Diasporic Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Culture, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, postcolonial studies, South and Southern Africa, World literatures

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Dr William McEvoy
Senior Lecturer in English
W.J.Mcevoy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Contemporary Theatre, Playwriting, Site-specific theatre and performance, Theatre and Ethics, Theory and criticism, Writer-director relationship

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Dr Rachel O'Connell
Lecturer In Post 1350 English Literature
R.C.O-Connell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: disability, Gender And Sexuality Studies, Queer studies, Queer Theory

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Dr Catherine Packham
Senior Lecturer in English
C.M.Packham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Adam Smith, Eighteenth-century culture, Erasmus Darwin, Gender and Sexuality, History of political economy, History of science, Mary Wollstonecraft, Political economy, Scottish Enlightenment, Vitalism

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Dr Chloe Porter
Lecturer in English Literature
C.Porter@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Art Theory & Aesthetics, Early modern drama, Early modern material culture, English literature 1500-1700, John Lyly, Materiality, Renaissance studies, Renaissance visual culture, Shakespeare, word and image debates

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Dr Jason Price
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
J.Price@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Activist Performance, Aesthetics and Politics, Comedy, Contemporary Theatre, Dramaturgy, Marxism, Performance Histories, popular culture, Popular Theatre, Puppet Forms, Site-Specific and Public Art, Theatre and Community

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Prof Nicholas Royle
Professor of English
N.W.O.Royle@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: English and American literature

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Mr Martin Ryle
Reader in English
M.H.Ryle@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Modernism in late nineteenth century fiction

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Dr Minoli Salgado
Reader in English
K.M.Salgado@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Biopolitics, Creative Writing, Human Rights Discourse, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Salman Rushdie, South Asian Literature in English, Terror and Transnational Writing, Trauma studies

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Prof Lindsay Smith
Professor of English
L.J.Smith@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Visual perception in the 19th century

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Dr Samuel Solomon
Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing
Samuel.Solomon@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Contemporary Poetry, Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Marxism, Modernist and contemporary writing, Print Culture

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Dr Bethan Stevens
Lecturer in English and Creative & Critical Writing
B.K.Stevens@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Book Illustration, Creative and critical writing, Historical Fiction, Modernism, Museum Studies, popular culture, The History of Printmaking, The Long Nineteenth Century, The Novel, The Short Story, Victorian culture, Word and Image Theory

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Prof Keston Sutherland
Professor of Poetics
K.Sutherland@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Contemporary Poetry, Critical Theory, Marx, Philosophy, Poetics, psychoanalysis, Romanticism, Samuel Beckett, Wordsworth

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Dr Pam Thurschwell
Senior Lecturer in English
P.Thurschwell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: adolescence in literature, English and American literature, Henry James, Literary And Cultural Theory, psychoanalysis, The supernatural (19th/20th century)

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Dr Katie Walter
Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature
K.L.Walter@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Medieval English literature, Medieval literary theory, Medieval medicine, Reading practices, Reginald Pecock, The body, The senses, Vernacular theology, William Langland

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Prof Marcus Wood
Professor of English
M.M.G.Wood@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Medical, Religious and literary traditions in late medieval England

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Dr Tom Wright
Senior Lecturer in English
Tom.Wright@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: American History, American Studies, Cultural History, English and American literature, Media & Communication Studies, Multimedia - sound, Nineteenth century literature and culture, Victorian literature

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Brighton BN1 9QN, UK 
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