Literature is a vibrant research area, and research lies at the heart of what we do. As well as being active writers, editors and peer-reviewers, we use our research as the focus for our teaching and public engagement activities.

With staff based at Inverness, Lews Castle and Perth College UHI, the Literature team works on a wide range of literary, historical, and interdisciplinary projects. Find out more about our projects and who we are. We run yearly conferences, and regularly give public talks.

Research is a key element in our teaching activity, and we see our undergraduate students as ‘junior researchers’.

We bring together researchers who explore literary texts, adaptations, drama and non-fiction, and we work with local communities on a variety of public engagement programmes, and knowledge exchanges with museums, archives, libraries and heritage bodies.

Our research explores a number of key themes and issues: there are strengths in particular periods (Renaissance, 18th century, 20th century, contemporary), genres (Science Fiction, Nature Writing, Spy Fiction, Drama, Cinema, Adaptations, Gothic, Poetry, Historical Writing) and themes (gender, identity, place, theory, philosophy, history). Some of us staff are also active creative writers. In particular, our staff are currently involved in research about :

  • Adaptations and adaptation theory
  • Biography and autobiography
  • Eighteenth-century Literature
  • Gaelic literature
  • Gender and erotic writing
  • Gothic
  • Literary Theory
  • Philosophy and History
  • Place and literary tourism
  • Popular culture and cinema
  • Renaissance literature and material culture
  • Science, nature and urban writing
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Scottish and British identity
  • Spy fiction
  • 20th-century and contemporary literature and philosophy