The Nottingham Institute for English Research aims to promote and advance research, particularly recovery research into radical, working-class, labouring class, experimental and interrogative writing and texts. Particular reference is made to English literary traditions, colonial and post-colonial literary and cultural traditions, creative writing and experimentation and the limits of canonicity.
In pursuit of this objective the Institute supports and promotes the work of a number of projects. NIfER actively coordinates and integrates the work of these research projects and publishing undertakings, thereby promoting their development. For example, Trent Editions has sub-series devoted to the publication of Early Modern English Manuscript writing, Colonial and Postcolonial writing and Labouring Class writing.
The NIfER archives
The NifER archives are of unique value for:
- researching or documenting key areas of writing during the late eighteenth, early nineteenth and late twentieth centuries
- possessing important holdings in writings by or about John Clare and Robert Bloomfield.
They house wide-ranging collections of letters, manuscripts and tapes deposited by or acquired from, amongst others:
- the poets Hilda Morley, Libby Houston and Gael Turnbull
- the novelist Stanley Middleton
- and the poet and novelist Philip Callow.
Also included are letters by many contemporary poets, including: Jim Burns; Barry Cole; Thom Gunn; Derek Mahon; Peter Porter; Craig Raine; Matt Simpson; Anne Stevenson; Hugo Williams; John Tranter; Gregory Woods; and Michael Wilding.
The NifER research team
For further information about the NIfER research team view the English team staff profiles.
Director: David Worrall
School of Arts and Humanities
Nottingham Trent University
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 3060
Title: British Women Writers, 1914-1945 - Professional Work and Friendship
Author: Clay, Catherine
Publisher: Ashgate (Aldershot)
Title: Drama and Sacraments in Sixteenth-Century England - Indelible Characters
Author: Coleman, David
Publisher: Palgrave (London)