Texas Tech University

Later British Literature

Covers of several books

The study of later British literature in the Department of English at Texas Tech includes those literatures written in England and its colonies and former colonies since 1700. Faculty are experts in eighteenth-century, Romantic, Victorian, modern, and post-modern literature, with particular interests in gender theory, women writers, gothic drama, history of the novel, twentieth-century poetry, book history, and literature and science.


Later British faculty are authors of multiple articles and monographs. They are current and former officers in national and international organizations, including the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC), and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA). Later British faculty are also grantees of the National Endowment for the Humanities and members of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy.


Students of later British literature can take advantage of 2-3 seminars per year, as their MA or PhD requirements permit. MA students are all required to take one course in post-1700 British literature as a general requirement, but they may opt to expend some or all of their 15 elective hours in post-1700 British courses as well, and/or to write a thesis in a particular later British field. PhD students may choose to specialize in a particular area of later British literature, in which case they must take up to 18 hours of courses directly relevant to the area of specialization, and they must also take qualifying examinations and write the dissertation in that area.
There is also a Later British faculty and graduate student reading group that regularly meets.


For more information about Later British specialization or for general information about graduate study in English at Texas Tech University, please contact Dr. Alison Rukavina.