Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Studies at UB brings together faculty whose interests and scholarship focus on the literary, cultural, and political histories of modern Britain and Ireland.
Faculty interests range widely from the history of ideas, to the legacy of imperialism, to the vicissitudes of affect. We work closely with our Americanist colleagues as well as with faculty in global literature and in other departments.
The UB English Department is a member of the Dickens Project at the University of California, a Scholarly Consortium devoted to promoting the study and enjoyment of the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens. This membership entitles the Department to send graduate student and faculty representatives to the annual Dickens Universe, which brings together scholars, graduate students, high school teachers, and members of the general public for a week of study each summer on the Santa Cruz campus.
The program includes formal lectures by internationally distinguished scholars, seminars, small discussion groups, films, performances, and exhibits. Regularly attended by more than 200 participants, the Universe provides a unique environment in which to pursue serious intellectual inquiry.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) is the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken. It delivers every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.