Research group

Ecocriticism, Green Writing, and Literary Geographies

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Postgraduate Research and Doctoral study

At PhD level, we offer research supervision in both practice-as-research (PaR) and towards assessment via thesis and viva voce examination.

Please contact our academics directly to discuss research supervision opportunities, or explore our research degrees and what to expect from a degree in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. You can also find out how to apply for postgraduate research at Essex, or use research finder if you are interested in searching for further research opportunities at Essex.

Informing education

The research carried out by our members informs education, and shapes courses and modules within the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Courses and modules include:

 

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MA Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment

The Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies taught masters courses in English and comparative literature, include MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment. This is a unique research-led and interdisciplinary programme that combines literary criticism, creative writing, biological sciences and field work.

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Highlights of our research

Funding

University of Essex/ESRC (2016-2018)

  • ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account-Impact Fund (£5578).
  • ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account-Impact Fund (£9424).
  • ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account-Impact Fund (£9833).
  • ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account-Active Engagement Fund (£2000).

Current research

Professor Maria Fumagalli

  • Maria has completed her fourth monograph provisionally entitled Derek Walcott's Painters for which she was awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019). Read Maria's blog post on Derek Walcott and Peter Doig, Paramin, Morning for Wasafiri.
  • 2016-2018 - Reconceptualizing troubled border relations: promoting cross-border collaboration, cooperation and solidarity between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the wake of the denationalization crisis in Hispaniola.

Dr Chris Bundock

  • Chris is currently working on a book project: Living From: The Gothic and Vitality.

Publications

Below are various publications from our members. To explore our member’s other publications, please visit their staff profiles.

Books

Dr James Canton

Professor Susan Oliver:

  • Walter Scott and the Greening of Scotland: Emergent Ecologies of a Nation, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming July 2021)

Professor Maria Christina Fumagalli:

Dr Chris Bundock:

  • “When falsehood can look so like the truth.” British Association of Romantic Studies (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK) 25-28 July 2019.
  • “Passionate Science in Keats’s ‘Lamia’ and Marsh’s The Beetle.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois) 8-11 August 2019. 

Papers

Book Chapters

  • Professor Susan Oliver: “Reading Walter Scott in the Anthropocene”, in Walter Scott at 250: Looking Forward, ed. C. McCracken-Flesher and M. Wickman, (Edinburgh University Press, 2021)
  • Professor Susan Oliver: "Transatlantic Magazines and the Rise of Environmental Journalism", in The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, ed. L. Eckel and C. Elliott (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 340- 353.
  • Professor Maria Fumagalli: When dialogue is no longer possible, what still exists is the mystery of hope’: migration and citizenship in the Dominican Republic in film, literature and performance”, in  Border Transgression and Reconfiguration of Caribbean Spaces. Editors: Moïse, M. and Réno, F., (London: Palgrave MacMillan), forthcoming.
  • Professor Maria Fumagalli: Post-San Zenón Santo Domingo from Ramón Lugo Lovatón’s Escombros: Huracán del 1930 to Carlos Federico Pérez’s La ciudad herida’, in Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather: Typhoons, Cyclones, Hurricanes, A. Collett, R. McDougall, and S. Thomas (eds.) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 177-198.
  • Professor Maria Fumagalli: 'La massacre de 1937: adueñarse de un recuerdo tal y como relumbra en el instante de un peligro’. In: Masacre de 1937 - 80 años después: Reconstruyendo la memoria. Editors: M. Bosch Carcuro, E. Acosta Matos, A. Pérez Vargas, (Santo Domingo: Fundación Juan Bosch)
  • Professor Maria Fumagalli: 'Introduction, Freddy Prestol Castillo El Masacre se pasa a pie/You can cross the Massacre on foot' (.pdf)

Articles

Bulletins

  • A trilingual (English, French, and Spanish) bulletin devoted to On the Edge by OBMICA summarises the activities in Hispaniola (.pdf), French Antilles (.pdf), and Cuba (.pdf).

Conferences

Press and other media

Public talks

  • March 2020- Professorial Inaugural Lecture and Essex Book Festival 2020: Reading the Environment, Then and Now, Professor Susan Oliver.
  • March 2020- Wild Writing Workshop, Essex Book Festival 2020 by Dr James Canton.
  • September 2019- Talk and workshop, SALT Literary Festival 2019, Folkestone, Kent, by Dr James Canton.
  • May 2018- Guest talk and workshop on Walter Scott, Abbotsford and Trees. Brigham Young University Humanities Center, Guest Lecture Series, Utah, USA by Professor Susan Oliver.
  • April 2018- Guest lecture. “Travel Thoughts: from East Anglia to the American West,” University of Wyoming, USA

Online interviews

Podcasts and broadcast media

Blogs

 

Awards

Professor Maria Fumagalli - Impact Project: Reframing border relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the wake of the denationalization crisis: implications for society, policy, and culture 

  • 2017: runner-up for University of Essex - Best International Impact Awards. Read the article.
  • 2019: winner of University of Essex - Best Creative and Cultural Research Impact.
 

Group members

Susan Oliver
Deputy Dean (Research) (Humanities) and Professor (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Romantic period; Walter Scott; Charles Lamb; Scottish literature; Ballads and folk literature; Late 18th Century British and American literature; 19th century British and American literature; Charles Brockden Brown; Periodicals and magazines; Transatlantic studies 18th and 19th century literature; Nature writing and ecocriticism; Borders and cultural encounters
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Caribbean literatures, art and cinema; literature and place; border studies (especially concerning the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic); literature and the environment; migration and literature; human rights and literature; literature and the visual arts; contemporary poetry; literary and filmic rewritings, adaptations, translation and comparative studies; contemporary Caribbean and US relations (especially regarding the Dominican and Haitian Diasporas); the work of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Junot Diaz, and Edwidge Danticat; postcolonial studies; women writing; Italian cinema and literature
Jak Peake
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Christopher McCully
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: The history of literatures in English; history of the English language; phonology and verseform; representations of home in literature
James Canton
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Nature writing and the New Nature Writing movement; creative non-fiction; ecocriticism; psychogeography and the rural derive; writing on the Essex landscape; the writers of Essex; British travel writing on Arabia; travel writing and theory; the work of W.G. Sebald; the interface between colonial history and postcolonialism
Jeffrey Geiger
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: documentary film and media; media practice and theory (creative practice / PaR); amateur cinema; gender and ethnicity in US literature, film, television; island representations; Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema; Oceania and the Pacific in film and photography; postcolonial cinema studies
Christopher Bundock
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Owen Robinson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and culture of the US South; William Faulkner; New Orleans; Post-war US fiction; African-American literature; Theory Bakhtin, reader-response, literary geography
Sean Seeger
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
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