20th and 21st Century Literature, Creative Writing and Film research group

The 20th and 21st Century Literature, Creative Writing and Film research group promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching in all aspects of twentieth century literature, culture and media. Based within the College of Humanities, the research group is characterised by intellectual expertise, strong archival holdings, a thriving postgraduate community and internationally recognised academic events. Its researchers have achieved success in obtaining support from the AHRC, British Academy and others.

The Research Group enjoys substantial archives including the South West Literary Collection (with papers relating to Ted Hughes, Daphne Du Maurier, John Fowles, John Betjeman, Agatha Christie, Henry Williamson and others) and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, as well as benefitting from locally-based writers hosted under the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme and Arts Council funded residencies. 

A vibrant community of PhD students also research the twentieth and twenty first centuries at Exeter. Current research areas include: postcolonial aesthetic theory, film adaptation, Medical Humanities, Espionage fiction, Modernism, the urban elegy, poetic composition and contemporary landscape writing.

Significant research publications

  • Sinéad Moynihan: "Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Culture (Syracuse University Press, 2013)
  • Tim Kendall: The Art of Robert Frost (Yale University Press, 2012)
  • Eds. James Lyons and Paul Williams: The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts (University Press of Mississippi, 2010)
  • Alex Murray: Giorgio Agamben (Routledge, 2010)
  • Vike Plock: Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity (University Press of Florida, 2010)
  • Jason Hall: Seamus Heaney’s Rhythmic Contract (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Jo Gill: The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (CUP, 2008)