Research in the Intercultural & Interdisciplinary Studies group focuses on intercultural communication in UK and US contexts, and breaks new ground in interdisclipinary collaboration – both within and beyond the academic environment.
Working alongside our colleagues in the School of Language and Communication Studies, the group provides a unique UK hub for research on environmental justice, ecology and land in American culture; explorations in national, global and transnational communication; transatlantic poetry networks, experimental poetics and environmentalism; and US intellectual and diplomatic history
Staff and research interests
Christopher Bigsby. Contemporary and recent American drama, with a particular focus on Arthur Miller and David Mamet; American literature and culture; American television; National identities; African American history and literature; The city; Creative writing.
Sarah Churchwell. 20th C & contemporary US fiction; biography and life-writing; icons, celebrities and cultural value; films of classical Hollywood; reception histories and the role of audiences/readers; representations of women; film, popular culture and the history of popular literature; and public intellectualism and journalism.
Nick Selby. American literature, American poetry (especially experimental poetry) and poetics, Ecocriticism, Modernism, Whitman, Melville, The Beats, Postwar American art, poetic difficulty and the ethics of close-reading.
Ross Hair. Modern and postmodern American poetry; collage and intertextual poetics; ecopoetry and the poetics of place; pastoral; late twentieth-century transatlantic poetry networks; American poetry and music; the continuing legacy of Romanticism and Transcendentalism in modern and postmodern American poetry; twentieth-century American poetry and western esotericism
Thomas Ruys Smith. Nineteenth century literature and culture; Mark Twain; New Orleans and the Mississippi River; Transatlantic culture in the nineteenth century; American music history; the South and early West; outlaws; popular culture.