Our Expertise

Taking a 'beyond the page' approach to literature and linguistics.

Our aim is to become the biggest ‘Beyond the Page’ research group in English and Linguistics in the UK.

Our research is designed to open up and diversify a discipline traditionally associated with quiet individual reading and archival library study into an exciting portfolio of community-facing and impactful activities. We strongly identify as a metropolitan centre for literary research and practice, and are determined to enhance and make a real qualitative difference to cultural life in the city and beyond

Our work is designed to open up and diversify a discipline traditionally associated with quiet individual reading and archival library study into an exciting portfolio of community-facing and impactful activities. We strongly identify as a metropolitan centre for literary research and practice, and are determined to enhance and make a real qualitative difference to cultural life in the city and beyond

We are home to world-class research excellence across the entire field of modern literature and language studies, including emergent sub-disciplinary areas such as Critical Medical Humanities and Trauma Studies. Our centre is home to four main research groups.

Research Groups

Poetry

Poetry is one of the University’s areas of established international excellence and we are one of the top centres for poetry in the UK, with research activity spanning nearly 50 years. There are four Professors of Poetry in the Department of English: two at the highest ‘iconic’ level of creative writing (Michael Symmons Roberts and Jean Sprackland), one the current UK Poet Laureate (Carol Ann Duffy), and another an international leader in poetry criticism (Antony Rowland).

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Gothic

Founded in 2013, The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies has made Manchester Met one of the most significant institutions in the world.

The Centre is based in the Department of English and is headed by Dr Linnie Blake (Reader in Gothic Film and Literature). Our staff members have a long-standing interest in the Gothic which informs both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.

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Place

The Centre for Place Writing is based within the Department of English at Manchester Met. The long-standing interests of our members inform curricula at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and have helped to shape the ever-growing postgraduate research community.

Place Writing is taught as part of the Creative Non-Fiction pathway of the MA/MFA in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School. Taught by an experienced team of award-winning creative writers and literary critics, this unique course focuses on creative non-fiction through a blending of writing and methodology workshops, and reading units. We also provide (creative, critical, and creative-critical) doctoral supervision on most aspects of the relationship between writing and place.

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Linguistics

Manchester Met has a vibrant and growing research culture within Linguistics and Languages. In addition to the two key areas of Applied Pragmatics and Forensic Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, we are home to FLAME – a research group developing expertise in the areas of pedagogy, languages, film and media. We also have researchers working in applied linguistics, TESOL, corpus linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, intercultural communication, stylistics, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, interpreting and translation.

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Our Expertise