Brighton has long been famous for its thriving literary culture, part of a diverse and carnivalesque creative scene that has developed over two centuries. The city has provided inspiration and backdrop for texts as diverse as Dickens' Dombey and Son, Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and Ann Quin's Berg, and the scholarship at the University of Brighton makes a key contribution to the development and understanding of the literary environment.
The production and meanings of texts, history, writing and culture are integral to the Brighton literature courses, which include a thriving undergraduate programme and postgraduate degrees that feed from the rapidly-developing research base. The suite of BA(Hons) degrees combine the best of a traditional literature degree – concentration on close reading, genre, periodisation, theory and analysis – with a cutting-edge pedagogic and practical emphasis on writing and literature as practice.
Our writers-in-residence and visiting writers are integral to the learning and cultural experience students share here – both in the classroom and through outside events such as salons and masterclasses.
Research is particularly strong across contemporary and twentieth-century literatures, gender studies and socio-cultural studies. Work in literature informs a number of wider practices in the arts and humanities including media, graphic novel production and illustration, creative writing, digital writing film, screen and media studies, a breadth reflected in the joint-honours, option studies and creative environment on the course programme.