Literary and cultural research includes the general areas of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American and Canadian fiction and poetry; post-colonial literatures and theory; race, gender and sexuality in literature and culture; native peoples; regional and ethnic literary culture and the major movements of Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism. Particular areas of research specialism include: African-American Music; slave and captivity narratives; the Civil Rights Movement; film history; the study of decades in American culture; Canadian literature; gay, lesbian and queer literature and theory; Mark Twain; the intellectual culture, film and literature of the American South; North American Indian writing and culture; contemporary American and postcolonial fiction; city cultures; late nineteenth- and early twentieth- century American painting and photography; business and the workplace in American literature; and antebellum writing. Recent PhD topics include: The Architecture of Shopping Malls; Rave Culture and Globalisation; The Vietnam War and American Popular Consciousness; Race, Rock `n` Roll and Blues Music; Female Hobos; The 1960s; Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X in international context; Chinese and Chinese-American Literature; Barbara Kingsolver; Dionne Brand; Gwendolyn Brooks; and the short fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
In US history the School's strengths lie in the general areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century intellectual, social and political history. Particular research expertise lies in: antebellum slavery and politics; the history of the South; post-1945 foreign policy, especially US relations with South East Asia and the Kennedy/Johnson administrations; neoconservatism post-1945 intellectual history; race and the Civil Rights Movement; and Hispanic migrant communities. Recent PhD topics include: The American Party in the South; US and British Policies towards Israel; Britain, America and the Atomic Bomb; Ulysses S. Grant; the American Far Right; and the Know Nothing Party.
For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.