News from 2022
First book published on utopian plays calls for drama to be taken seriously as a utopian cultural form
The first full-length study to examine utopian plays in Western drama from antiquity to the present, Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre (Methuen Drama, 2022) analyses utopian drama through the ages, and considers the added value that live performance brings to the fictional presentation of utopian societies.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë and the truth about the ‘real-life Heathcliff’
When Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, outraged Victorian critics deemed it savage, indecent and immoral. One described it as “a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors”.
English achieves outstanding results in Research Excellence Framework 2021
English has achieved outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. An impressive 83% of the Division’s research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', 62% of its environment rated 'world leading', and 52.4% of its outputs rated 'world leading'.