Research group

Ecocriticism, Green Writing, and Literary Geographies

About us

Our department has particular strengths in ecocriticism, non-fiction and creative environmental writing, as well as literary geographies.

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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Group members

Susan Oliver
Dr Susan Oliver
Reader, 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;
Peter Hulme
Professor Peter Hulme
Emeritus Professor, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Research interests: Literature, history, and anthropology of the Caribbean; postcolonial studies; travel writing; literature and the environment;
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Professor 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
Dr Jak Peake
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Christopher McCully
Dr Christopher McCully
Senior Lecturer, 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
Dr James Canton
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 Jeffrey Geiger
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Documentary film and media; Interactions between film / media practice and theory; Low-budget and amateur movies; Race and Ethnicity in US literature, film, and television; Writing and film of / about the Pacific; Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema;