Centre for Critical and Creative Writing

Organization profile

Organisation profile


The Centre for Critical and Creative Writing (CCCW) at the University of Northampton brings together the research of scholars working in the areas of literary studies, screen studies, cultural theory and creative writing.  Alongside well-established research clusters in postcolonial literature, trauma studies and popular culture, the Centre is cultivating strengths in life writing, childhood and adolescent studies, and fantasy and wonder.  It will build on its interdisciplinary research base and existing partnerships and networks to produce the most up-to-date scholarly research and develop public-facing initiatives with lasting social impact.

What does CCCW do?

  • Develops high-impact scholarly research from inception to publication in world-leading academic journals and monographs.
  • Supports a thriving postgraduate research community, where a range of research interests are nurtured into the social impact of the future.
  • Collaborates with leading researchers and institutions around the world in developing research networks, like the AHRC-funded Diaspora Screen Media Network, and extending the reach of scholarly endeavours.
  • Nurtures a strong research culture, hosting regular seminar and conference activity, fostering interdisciplinary links and developing bids for research funding.
  • Provides an institutional home for leading journals and centres, including the Katherine Mansfield Society and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

What are the CCCW’s areas of interest?

The Centre for Critical and Creative Writing has research interests in the following areas:

  • Postcolonial and Global Literature
  • Trauma Narrative
  • Popular Culture, Celebrity and Fan Cultures
  • Fantasy and Wonder
  • Gender, Sexuality and Class
  • Literature of the City
  • Gothic and Horror
  • Life Writing
  • Childhood and Adolescence

Expressions of interest in postgraduate study or scholarly collaboration in these areas are welcome.  For further information please contact members of the research centre directly.


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