Arts & Humanities Research Institute




Cluster Co-ordinator: Dr Frank Ferguson

The English department at UU is based on the Coleraine Campus and forms part of the School of English and History in the Faculty of Arts. The English Research Cluster has increasingly established itself as a vibrant and diverse research centre for the study of English literature and culture and is host to an active and thriving body of postgraduate students. Individual scholars within the cluster are engaged in an extensive range of research fields which maintain and enhance the broader scholarly practice of English Studies across the globe, from Renaissance and Victorian literature and culture, through to Modern, Contemporary, and Creative Writing, as well as Literary History and Theory.

Several members of staff in the English cluster are also currently working on major long-term research projects which have at their core the desire to both promote research into Irish literature, as well as enhance and make available to a wider audience a range of locally based major Irish archival collections. These projects include the ‘Ulster Poetry Project’ and the digitization of the University’s John Hewitt Library Collection; the AHRC-funded ‘History of the Irish Book’ project, an edited 5-volumed series in collaboration with QUB and Oxford University Press; and the ‘Digital Field Day Anthology’ project which aims to digitize all 5 volumes of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing in collaboration with QUB, the Royal Irish Academy, and JSTOR.

The value of the cluster’s research as a whole is further nationally and internationally recognised by the numerous monograph publications produced by its members with scholarly presses, as well as the frequent output of articles in highly ranked academic journals, including most recently: Richard Bradford’s The Life of Martin Amis; Katherine Byrne’s Tuberculosis and the Victorian Imagination; Elmer Kennedy-Andrews’ Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008; and Joe McMinn’s Jonathan Swift and the Arts. The cluster also regularly supports and hosts major conferences, symposia and exhibitions – such as the recent conference on Samuel Ferguson and the forthcoming annual symposium of the Irish Renaissance Society and ‘Abridged Art/Poetry Project’ exhibition – as well as the appointment of eminent visiting scholars. This is most lately evident in the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, as Visiting Professor (2010-14) to the School of English, History and Politics.