This research cluster reflects the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies longstanding strengths in teaching and research in the literatures, film, and cultures of the Americas, particularly the US South, the Caribbean, and issues of US expansionism both within and beyond 'continental' geographies.
Moving away from the study of the United States as an exceptional, territorially bound space, our research approaches ‘America’ in the context of a hemispheric and global nexus of power relations and cultural production, paying particular attention to the phenomena of transculturation and diaspora.
Our approach also actively promotes the study of the Anglophone Caribbean in relation to the Francophone and Hispanophone literary, film, and artistic tradition, reframes American borders and boundaries by interrogating imperialist legacies both at home and abroad, and broadens the study of American literatures through comparison to other arts and media.
American literatures and cultures are studied in their pan-Caribbean, transatlantic and hemispheric dimension, and from an interdisciplinary perspective which includes multiple genres including novels, biographical narratives, memoirs, plays, poems, travel writing, journalism and geo-political-historical accounts. Our research branches into the visual arts, film, theatre, performance and ekphrasis.
Members of this research cluster have produced ground-breaking works in dialogue with recent developments in cultural geography, the productive mobilization of literature/culture in human rights advocacy, and the study of gender and ethnicity.
We have strong ties with the British Association for American Studies and the Society for Caribbean Studies and members of this cluster are also members of Caribbean Studies Associations, Dominican Studies Association, the Pacific History Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.