The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is an interdisciplinary department offering close supervision and a friendly atmosphere for intellectual debate. It is distinctive in the breadth of its cultural interests, providing expertise in a wide range of literatures, including English, United States, French, Italian and Latin American.
Many of the Department's academic staff are scholars of international reputation and the Department has a long history of poets, novelists and theatre writers working with students. In addition, students have access and use of the well-equipped Lakeside Theatre at the University's Colchester Campus.
The Department has a strong international perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in their research interests. Within the Department four consolidated and interlocking research groups provide the research framework, with several people belonging to more than one. Comparative Literary Studies are central to the Department's identity, embodying the main stream of departmental work in European literatures, cultures, and theatres. Within this research group there are additional specialist concentrations on the early modern period, on cultural history, and on drama and performance. American Literatures and Cultures has its roots in the Department's long-standing commitment to the study of the USA and Latin America, bolstered by recent work on the Caribbean. World Cinema grows out of the transnational and transcultural interests of those working in Film Studies. Finally, Creative Writing and Translation marries the new research venture in creative writing with the Department's established strengths in literary translation and playwriting.