Department of English, Linguistics and History

  • United Kingdom

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English and Creative Writing 

English and Creative Writing at Huddersfield carries out world-leading research and is highly ranked nationally (REF 2014) and internationally (QS 300 2017).  We are the home of the Ted Hughes Network: a centre of excellence for Hughes-related research, teaching, public engagement, and creativity.  We have a team of award winning creative writers working in script writing, novels, poetry and experimental fiction.  Our internationally recognized research includes exciting work in cultural narratives of ageing, illness and care; Shakespeare and ecocriticism; twentieth-century poetry especially Plath, Larkin and Hughes; Victorian and Edwardian popular fiction; the emotions of war in the Romantic period; the lives and the landscape of the Brontes; representations of Romani/Gypsy people; narratives of early modern women; and the intersections of philosophy and literature.  Work in autobiography continues to explore new ground and is supported by major research grants. We have a vibrant research community of experienced, early career and post graduate researchers.  

Linguistics and Modern Languages

At Huddersfield we have a long-standing reputation for excellent research in linguistics and English language, particularly research with an applied focus. We are also active in making our research accessible to the wider public, which we do through a number of initiatives, including our consultancy, Language Unlocked, and Babel: The Language Magazine, which is published in the department. Research in Linguistics and Modern Languages is clustered around two research centres and one research group, though staff frequently work collaboratively across these areas.


Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield’s historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of oral history, gender history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology.

As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War.


Fingerprint The fingerprint is based on mining the text of the scientific documents related to the associated persons. Based on that an index of weighted terms is created, which defines the key subjects of research unit

politeness Social Sciences
interaction Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
pragmatics Social Sciences
religious behavior Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
humor Social Sciences

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Research Output 1975 2019

Beyond Citizen and Subject: New Perspectives on Political Thought, 'Tribe' and 'Indirect Rule' in Africa

Visana, V., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : History Compass.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Indirect Rule
Political Thought

Emotional Containment

Hallett, C. E., 15 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Resilience in First World War Medicine. Van Bergen, L. & Vermetten, E. (eds.). Amsterdam: Brill Academic Publishers, 35 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Going to the Dogs: A History of Greyhound Racing in Britain, 1926-2017

Laybourn, K., 14 Jan 2019, 1st ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Projects 2013 2019

Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches

Jeffries, L., Alexander, M. G., Baron, A., Archer, D., Hope, J., Rayson, P. E. & Kay, C. J.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Hansard at Huddersfield: Making the Parliamentary Record More Accessible

Jeffries, L., Von Lunen, A. & Alexander, M. G.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Heritage and Stigma

Ellis, R. & Light, R.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 1982 2019

L'Histoire Orale: Un Métier, Une Passion, Une Lutte – Regards de la Grande Bretagne

Lindsey Dodd (Speaker)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course

Sarah Falcus (Keynote speaker)
19 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Social History Society Annual Conference (Event)

Tosh Warwick (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee