Intellectual history and critical theory have been internationally recognised as major research strengths of Modern Languages at Nottingham for over thirty years. Our work covers the history of ideas in all of the languages and cultures on which we research, from the early-modern period to post-war and contemporary thought. We have expertise in many areas that have contributed to the flourishing of theoretical approaches from the 1960s to the present, notably Marxism, Russian formalism, poetics and narratology, structuralism and poststructuralism, gender studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism and ordinary language philosophy.
Our MA and PhD students pursue research on a wide range of topics relating to intellectual history and critical theory, especially (but not exclusively) in the postwar and contemporary periods. Recent and current projects include Roland Barthes’s lectures at the Collège de France; time in the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel; the rhetoric of the sublime in the works of Maurice Blanchot; Gilles Deleuze’s society of control; Peronism and the micropolitics of desire; Volkskultur as a debate in German and Austrian cultural theory from 1884 to 1939.
You can find out more about our postgraduate research opportunities by consulting the online prospectus
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