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Centre for Studies in Literature

Organisational unit: Research Centre

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Bringing together scholars from varied fields within literary studies and associated disciplines


Research clusters and periods

We have a range of research specialisms that are reflected in our three thematic clusters, Body PoliticsTime, Space, Environment, and Culture, Community and Heritage, and have expertise in all literary periods, with particular strengths in early modern writingnineteenth-century literature and culture, and twentieth and twenty-first century British and American literature.

Research clusters

Research culture, framework and events

The Centre promotes academic research and innovation, provides a framework for research excellence in the broad area of literary studies and associated disciplines, and is committed to promoting wider engagement with research through collaboration and dissemination. Launched in 2009, the Centre has rapidly gained national and international recognition due to the expertise of its dynamic team of scholars, growing postgraduate community, and a series of high-profile academic and public events. 

Members of the Centre additionally have interests in related fields within film studies, cultural studies and American studies, and we maintain strong links with two other research centres at Portsmouth: the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR).

Literature events

Links with local organisations

The Centre has also developed mutually-beneficial links with local non-academic organisations, such as the Dimbola Lodge Museum, Portsmouth City Council and the City Museum in the area of literary heritage studies, with a particular focus on Dickens and Doyle, both notable former citizens of Portsmouth, and on Tennyson and Julia Margaret Cameron, both of whom have significant connections with the Isle of Wight. CSL is also affiliated with the Dickens Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Public engagement

Meet the director

Julian Wolfreys, Professor of English Literature, is the Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature. His research interests are varied and interdisciplinary, covering nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, Gothic, pastiche, and neo-Victorian fiction, literary theory and philosophy, particularly phenomenology and related areas of study, and the interface of critical and creative studies, in literature, music and the visual arts. His most recent publications are Dickens's London and, with Maria-Daniella Dick, The Derrida Wordbook (both Edinburgh UP). Julian is currently working on three books, a study of the influence of German idealist philosophy on Victorian poetry, loss and national identity from John Clare to Virginia Woolf, and a phenomenology of loss.

Watch Julian talk about his love of English Literature

Contact information

Burnaby Road
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)23 846033

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