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Why study English at Wolverhampton?

English can be studied either on its own as a specialist degree, or jointly with another subject (see choices below). We also have the option for you to study English with Foundation Year.

Choose to study it with one of the following: Creative and Professional WritingFilm and Television StudiesHistory, or Media

You will encounter a dynamic blend of classic and countercultural literature, popular and unpopular culture taught by published scholars and professional writers.

The English undergraduate programme will give you the opportunity to experience and explore a range of literary and non-literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day, and from the West Indies to the West Midlands. It features a balanced curriculum of canonical writers and genres such as Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantics and the great Victorian novelists, alongside the challenges to this tradition offered by Modernism, 1960s radicals and those marginalised by class, gender, sexuality and race.

Throughout, you will be given the theoretical, philosophical and contextual tools with which to critically examine the process of literary production and reception, and to make informed judgements about literary value and cultural capital.

The primary focus of the BA (Hons) English single honours degree is on literary study, but it also offers you the flexibility to study modules in English Language, so you can continue to develop the combined interests in literature and language encountered in schools and colleges, and thus valuable for those wishing to enter the teaching profession.

Meet the Team 

The English faculty boasts two National Teaching Fellows, two novelists, and a Leverhulme research fellow. Areas where the team have gained particular recognition recently include: travel and transcultural literatures; contemporary literature and culture; Romanticism; pedagogic research on using digitalised archives and online teaching techniques in the literary classroom.

Our research and postgraduate activities are organised through the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research.

The staff directory below provides a brief outline of the main teaching interests within the team. See our individual profiles for details on research interests and wider professional activities.

Name and Contact DetailsInterests

Dr Frank Wilson

Dr Wilson is the head of the School of Humanities (English literature, English Language, Creative and Professional Writing, Linguistics, Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Interests include 18th-Century literature, 17th-Century literature (esp. poetry), Defoe, Milton, Shakespeare, Dickens, 19th-Century poetry.

Dr Nicola Allen

Dr Allen is the course leader for the Foundation Degree in Humanities. 20th and 21st-Century British and American fiction/poetry/drama/short stories; 20th C. Irish writing (esp. Beckett and Behan); some 19th century (the Brontës, Gaskell); some feminism (esp. Woolf/Wollstonecraft). Anything to do with computer games, fantasy, horror or SF narratives in fiction/film/tv and anything to do with humour and comedy within fiction. 

Dr Daisy Black

Medieval and renaissance drama, gender and queer theory, time theory, constructions of the medieval ‘other’, medieval romance, fabliaux, bawdiness and comic narrative, medievalism in popular culture, Chaucer, Shakespeare.

Josiane Boutonnet

Interests include English language (esp. gender and language issues), bilingual issues, humour and language, sociolinguistics.

Dr Aidan Byrne

Dr Byrne is the English Subject Leader and Independent Study co-ordinator. Interests include New Media, 1930s literature, working-class literature, political writing, Post-colonialism and children's literature.

Dr Gerry Carlin

Interests include the literature, art and culture of the 1960s, Modernism (esp. Pound, Eliot, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf), Conrad, 20th-Century literature, poetry, literary theory, Romanticism, some science fiction.

Dr Benjamin Colbert

Dr Colbert is the MA English course leader and a Reader in English. Interests in 18th-Century and 19th-Century literature, especially the Romantic period (poetry, fiction, non-fictional prose), travel writing, colonial and post-colonial literature, satire and popular poetry.

Prof. Sebastian Groes  

Creative Writing (especial non-fiction, memoir/life-writing); Memory, Contemporary Fiction, Modernism, Cognition, Place and Space, Psychogeography, we could add, genre fiction, gender, post/decolonialism, postmodernism, 1930s realism/interbellum fiction; Gothic; specialist writers: Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, JG Ballard. 

Dr Mark Jones

Dr Jones is the course leader for the MA in Popular Culture. Interests include 20th-Century and 21st-Century British and American fiction, 20th-Century drama, ‘genre’ fiction, film, ‘popular’ culture and ‘unpopular’ culture.

Dr Debbie Orpin

Interests include Stylistics, Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, language and ideology, lexis, grammar, pragmatics (ie: speech acts, co-operation in discourse etc.)