C21 Research seeks to provide a productive environment for postgraduate researchers in the area of contemporary literature and culture. Brighton has funding opportunities for students under the TECHNE Partnership and internal funding schemes http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/doctoral-centre-arts/studentships.
Members of C21 offer expertise in a number of areas with strengths in the connections between literature and visual culture, literature and transnationalism (borders, globalisation and post-Communism), autoethnography and biographical cultures, and in literary ethics.
These are only some of the research areas covered by staff at Brighton. A full list of literature staff can be found on our staff pages.
Dora has especial interest in the interface between the Arab world and the West. Combining her work as a photographer with her academic research, she has expertise in questions of migration, identity and visual representation. She has several exhibitions including Tunisian Women of the book in 2014.
Liam’s interests are in questions of contemporary transnationalism especially migration and globalization. He edited the Literature and Globalization reader in 2010 and his book Precarious Labour and Contemporary Literature was published by Palgrave in 2017. He is currently researching the representations of borders in visual and literary cultures.
Patricia works primarily on the novel and her research explores what type of literary history can make visible the relations between reading and the political public spheres. Her essay 'Happy Dystopians: From Huxley to Eggers' is published in New Left Review, 2017.
Jess works in creative writing and supervises a number of creative writing research students. The focus of her research is with the relationship between the personal and writing, especially with the value of auto- ethnography as a method for exploring storytelling and narrative.
Deborah’s expertise is on the representation of everyday life in literary culture. She published Women’s Fiction from 1945 to Today with Bloomsbury in 2014 and edited Literary Politics in 2013. She is currently working on the genres of popular novels in India.
Vedrana has expertise in contemporary Black British writing and the writing of Post-Communist Europe. Her book Eastern Europeans in Contemporary Literature & Culture is published by Palgrave in 2017.
John’s research focuses on the intersections between literary ethics and poetry. His book, Ethics and Politics in Modern American Poetry was published by Routledge in 2010. He is also a coordinator of the cross-institutional research centre Contempo.