Research group

Ecocriticism, Green Writing, and Literary Geographies

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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).

Publications

Books

Papers

  • A collaboration between Professor Maria Christina Fumagalli and Bridget Wooding (OBMICA) in Santo Domingo is ongoing. A joint paper has been submitted for 'The Border of Lights Reader: Bearing Witness to Genocide in the Dominican Republic' edited by Edward Paulino and Megan Myers under advance contract with Amherst College Press (a peer-reviewed, open-access publisher).

Articles

Bulletins

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

Conferences

  • August 2019 - ‘Exposed to the Elements: Romantic Time, Weather, and Science Then and Now.’, NASSR 25th Annual Conference August 2019: Romantic Elements,  University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago, by Dr Maria Cristina Fumagalli
  • July 2019 - 'David Douglas’ Canadian Trees: The Romantic Imagination versus the Lumber Industry.' The Transatlantic Studies Association 18th Annual Conference, Lancaster University, by Dr Maria Cristina Fumagalli
  • July 2019 - 'Sea Stories and Freshwater Tales: Washington Irving, Walter Scott and the Transatlantic Romantic Imagination.' Symbiosis 12th Biennial Conference, University of Dundee, by Dr Maria Cristina Fumagalli
  • June 2018 - ‘Towards an Aesthetics of the Unseen: or, Romanticism Below and Beyond the Horizon’. NASSR 26th Annual Conference.  Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, by Dr Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Press

Public talks

  • March 2020- Professorial Inaugural Lecture and Essex Book Festival 2020: Reading the Environment, Then and Now, Profesor 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.
  • April 2018- Guest lecture. “Travel Thoughts: from East Anglia to the American West,” University of Wyoming, USA

Online interviews

Podcasts

Awards

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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