MA in Literature, Landscape & Environment


The MA is taught by Bath Spa staff who are internationally recognised for their research: one has won the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing and another has written a prize-winning study of early-modern London; others have been chairs of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). (Staff availability may change from year to year due to research leave.)

Bath Spa University is also the home of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism.

The MA is supported by three of the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries’ research centres: Book, Text and Place 1500-1750; Contemporary Writing; Writing and the Environment. The aims and activities of our Research Centres can be found on:

Professor Gavin Cologne-Brookes

Gavin Cologne-Brookes is Professor of American Literature and the author of The Novels of William Styron, Dark Eyes on America, and Rereading William Styron. His recent publications have involved narrative scholarship and literary travel writing. Topics include the American eastern seaboard, Auschwitz, Krakow, Berlin, and a journey from Rome to Ravello. He is currently writing about Istanbul and Lisbon.

Dr Stephen H. Gregg

Stephen’s research specialisms include the work of Daniel Defoe, and issues of masculinity and the impact of empire and colonialism in eighteenth-century literature. He has edited an anthology, Empire and Identity: An Eighteenth-Century Sourcebook (Palgrave 2005) and has published a number of articles in scholarly journals such as The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies and has published Defoe’s Writings and Manliness (Ashgate, 2009). He has also published articles on ecocriticism, animal studies and Defoe. He was awarded the title of Bath Spa University Teaching Fellow in the category of experienced staff in recognition of his outstanding achievements in learning and teaching in 2014/15.

Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (Course Director)

Kyriaki’s research to date has focused on Victorian literature and culture, with a particular interest in literatures of place and south-west literary heritage. She is particularly concerned with the multiplicity of spaces and places that produce and are produced by women’s emotional and affective lives. Her publications include Authorship in Context: From the Theoretical to the Material (Palgrave 2007), ‘What is a Woman to Do?’ A Reader on Women, Work and Art c. 1830-1890 (Peter Lang 2011) and Crafting the Woman Professional in the Long Nineteenth Century (Ashgate 2013). Kyriaki is currently completing a book on George Eliot, and has recently embarked on a new book on nineteenth-century literary women, cultural exchange and Europe. She is also working on a public engagement project, provisionally entitled Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in the South West, which is concerned with the literature and material culture related to seaside science and environmental tourism in the South West in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Dr Tracey Hill (Head of Department of English and Cultural Studies)

Tracey specialises in the cultural history of early modern London and has published on various aspects of early modern culture. She is the author of Anthony Munday and Civic Culture (Manchester University Press, 2004) and her most recent book, Pageantry and Power: a cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor’s Show (Manchester University Press, 2010), received the David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. She has had articles published in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Newsletter and The London Historians Newsletter. She wrote a piece about the history of the Lord Mayor’s Show for the official programme of the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Show, and she was invited to give a public lecture on the 1613 Show at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Richard Kerridge

Richard introduced what was probably the very first ecocriticism module in British Higher Education in 1992. He is co-editor of the very first collection of essays on writing and the environment published in Britain, and he has published extensively on writing and environmental questions, including ecocritical discussions of Thomas Hardy, Romanticism, Shakespeare, British and American nature writing and contemporary novels and poetry. In 1999 he was elected inaugural Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK) and he has twice received the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing. In 2011 he contributed to a collaborative volume entitled The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture, and in 2014 published a book of personal nature writing, science and lifewriting entited Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians.

Dr Samantha Walton

Dr Walton specialises in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, from the modernist period to contemporary experimental writing, and in particular British literature and culture of the 1920s and 1930s. Her current book-length project examines depictions of the land and trauma in interwar British literature. In 2015 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Special Collections Centre at the University of Aberdeen, building aspects of her project concerned with mind and ecology in the work of two North Eastern writers, Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Nan Shepherd. In 2015 Dr Walton recieved a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, which supported the environmental humanities project: ‘Landscaping Change: exploring environmental regeneration and conservation using arts and humanities research methods.’