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The University of Southampton
Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

About us

The Department of English at Southampton offers a dynamic research environment for all who are drawn to the study of modern and contemporary literature.

Our particular strengths lie in our interdisciplinary approaches to writing and culture, with staff at the Centre forging new ways of thinking about the connections between contemporary literature and the sciences, law, aesthetics, space, maritime studies, ethics, medicine, finance, Jewishness, visual culture, popular culture, gender, music, postcolonialism, critical theory, politics and philosophy. Recognized by major external grants and published at the highest levels internationally, our research projects are shaping public policy, cultural landscapes, and critical debates.

We are committed to engaging academics, researchers and public audiences in the literary production of our time. Coming from many different perspectives, and bringing diverse critical attitudes to bear on a vast array of topics, we work together to foster engagement and stimulate interest in the writing and critical reading of contemporary literature.

Visiting writers

Many writers have visited the Centre in the past few years, including Nisha Ramayya, John Agard, Helen McDonald, Philip Henscher, Horatio Clare, Nat Raha, Shena Mackay, Rachel Seiffert, Mirza Waheed, Redell Olsen, Charles Bernstein, Amitav Ghosh, Sophie Seita, Bruce Andrews, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Claire Fuller, Rae Armantrout, Carla Harryman, Rana DasGupta, Samantha Walton, Tsitisi Dangeramba, Judith Butler, Peter Manson, Deborah Levy, Vahni Capildeo, Tessa Hadley, Jay Bernard, Mirza Waheed and Jeanette Winterson. Visit the Events page for further details.


Research students play an important part in the life of the Centre, sharing their projects at annual Research Days, running symposia and leading reading series. We welcome applications in any area of our work.

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