Welcome to the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
English and American literature is among the oldest disciplines at the Faculty of Arts. Its origins can be traced back to the 1880s. International recognition came in the 1920s with the development of the Prague School of Structuralism. Today the Department combines this heritage and traditional literary historiography with contemporary theoretical approaches utilised in an interdisciplinary context. English and American Studies is characterised by courses covering eras from the English Medieval period to the present and a remarkably wide range of research projects and activities. Members of the Department specialise in fields as diverse as Shakespeare studies and translation, Romanticism, contemporary poetics, critical and cultural theory, performance studies, and Irish studies. For more detailed information on our activities please see the profiles of individual Sections and Centres (fast links in the right-hand column). As a Department we pride ourselves not only on the range of courses offered, but also on the diversity of approaches employed.
We promote the rigorous study of English-language literatures and cultures along with a commitment to developing advanced skills in writing, analysis and critical thinking among students at BA, MA and PhD levels. Consequently, we welcome students who are intellectually curious, have strong linguistic skills and are keen to engage with the richly varied literatures and cultures in the Anglophone world. We aim to provide students with a challenging, but stimulating and enjoyable environment for learning and development. Lectures and seminars are complemented by regular guest speakers, special workshops and colloquia, study abroad programmes, as well as film screenings and other events.
In recent years the Department has hosted various major conferences including the European Association for American Studies conference (2004), the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures conference (2005), the Prague School and Theories of Structure conference (2007), the International James Joyce Symposium (2010) and the World Shakespeare Congress (2011).
We have been pleased to host talks and readings by writers from around the world such as Joseph Heller, Seamus Heaney, Muriel Spark, John Tranter, Derek Mahon, Janet Turner-Hospital, David Lodge, Michael Longley, Gail Jones and Tom McCarthy.
We have also received a wide variety of guest lecturers including Wolfgang Iser, J. Hillis Miller, Sacvan Bercovitch, Derek Attridge, Robert J.C. Young, Carlo Ginzburg, Roy Foster, Luke Gibbons, Jerome McGann, Christoph Bode, Aleks Sierz, Murray Pittock, Christopher Innes, Bonnie Kime Scott, Christina Ljungberg, Elisabeth Archibald, Edna Longley, Joep Leerssen, Margaret Kelleher, Patricia Coughlan, Claire Connolly, Michael Cronin, Keith Hopper, David Cowart, Margery Palmer McCulloch, Hugh J. Silverman, Matthew Roudané, Declan Kiberd.
We participate actively in the Erasmus programme, with links to universities in Ankara, Budapest, Canterbury, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Istanbul, Leuven, Limerick, Louvain, Manchester, Paris, Reading, Sheffield, Stirling and Winchester, while students also have the opportunity to apply to study in the USA and Canada. Visiting students come to us from all around the globe including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Finland, Spain, France, Denmark and Austria.