About the group

Leeds was the first UK university to establish 'Commonwealth Literature' as an academic discipline at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and through its full-time staff, as well as visiting writers and critics from Commonwealth countries, it maintains an unrivalled expertise across a broad area of this exciting and developing field. The recent establishment of a cross-disciplinary Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies both extends and enhances research and teaching in the subject.

The School supports an annual lecture honouring the memory of Arthur Ravenscroft, a pioneer in the study of Commonwealth Literature at Leeds. For details of this year's lecture, see the Lectures and Conferences section.

For full research details, see the biographical notes on the following members of staff who specialise in this area.

Undergraduate Study

At undergraduate level the School offers a core module, Postcolonial Literature, plus a selection of more specialist options. For a full list of available option modules, see the Modules section.

Postgraduate Study

The one-year MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies offers a range of specialist modules in all areas of Postcolonial studies. This team-taught MA is designed to provide an excellent basis for students who wish to go on to pursue research in this area at PhD level. Applications for PhD and MPhil study are welcome in all areas of Postcolonial literatures, film and cultures.