Research Overview

Research in International and Comparative Literary Studies is diverse and interdisciplinary and reflects the variety of research projects staff teaching in the program are involved in. Coming from eleven departments in the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) as well as from the Department of English, staff maintain strong international and interdisciplinary links with research clusters across the Humanities.

Research Strengths

Proposals are invited from potential Honours, Doctoral and Postdoctoral students. Supervision and mentoring is available in the following areas:

  • Modern literature and literary modernism in and across the countries and cultures named above (including North America and Australia)
  • Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque literature
  • Transcultural and translation studies
  • Literary theories and genres across cultures
  • Literature and performance
  • Comparative poetics
  • Literature and other arts
  • Literature and cinema, including film adapations
  • Cinema and world stars
  • Crosscultural sociology and politics of literature
  • Literature, history, and memory
  • Literature and nationalism
  • Literary hoaxes
  • Cultural and religious identities in literature
  • Popular literature and popular culture
  • Postcoloniality, migration and diaspora
  • Literature, gender and feminist thought
  • Gay, lesbian and queer literature and cinema
  • Creativity and the process of writing

Research project ‘Stars in World Cinema’

The idea for this research project derives from a new unit of study first taught in 2011. ‘Watching Stars: Film and the Star System’ investigates how film stars reflect national preoccupations and how they achieve national and transnational fame. Staff from Arabic Language and Cultures, French Studies and Germanic Studies examined and compared several major film stars from Egypt, France and Germany.

The study of national cinemas in language departments, Asian, European and comparative literature and cultural studies is an emerging area of teaching and research. The cultural and linguistic expertise of departments involved in the International and Comparative Literary Studies (ICLS) program which augments the project’s global perspective and enables us to challenge the disciplinary divide.

The result of this research project is the volume ‘Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures’ edited by Dr Andrea Bandhauer (Germanic Studies) and Dr Michelle Royer (French Studies).

The volume, to be published by I.B. Tauris in 2014, will feature contributions from scholars in the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) as well as from overseas specialists in film and star studies.

This book is a collection of essays on European, African, Asian, Latin American and Australasian stars and systems with an emphasis on their relevance across cultures and their interconnectedness across nations and continents.