Vibrant. Experimental. Supportive.

Literature at Essex has a great tradition of nurturing writers and thinkers.

From past giants such as Robert Lowell, Ted Berrigan and Michèle Roberts who have shaped literature as we know it, to prize-winning contemporary writers such as Ben Okri, Essex has always attracted people who are at the heart of defining and redefining literature. Come and study with us and find your own voice.

Why study here?
  • You can respond both critically and artistically to your studies in our unique literary conservatoire.
  • Our courses are taught by leading academics and writers.
  • We encourage innovation, experimentation and originality in writing and thinking.
Be inspired by a breadth of literary traditions, cultures and forms. 

As a well-established home to practising poets, novelists and critics, literature and creative writing at Essex has a reputation for nurturing the most radical writers and thinkers. Our concerns are local and global: as readers and writers, we adopt a comparative method as we traverse near and faraway places, discovering new modes of writing and reconsidering classics.

Why study here?
  • You will explore connections with other art forms alongside world-renowned scholars, poets, dramatists, story-tellers and novelists.
  • We’re ranked among the Top 200 institutions in the world for English language and literature (QS 2017).
  • Our teaching is underpinned by excellent research — 75% is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
Dynamic. Innovative. Experimental.

Our research is internationally recognised across a wide range of specialisms in English, comparative, and world literature, including American, Caribbean, and European literature, Early Modern and Renaissance literature, Romanticism, translation studies and adaptation, as well as colonial and postcolonial literatures.

Why study here?
  • Be part of an active and interdisciplinary research community where students and staff work together in a creative and intellectually challenging environment.
  • We run weekly research seminars with speakers invited from UK and abroad, as well as regularly hosting major conferences.
  • Our research students organise and present at our annual PhD conference.
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