Welcome to the Popular Literature and Culture Research Group’s new blog – but you can call us PLCRG for short. Here you’ll find blog posts by members of the Research Group about their current work, their accomplishments, any forthcoming events, and other interesting topics of discussion!

Based at the University of Roehampton, the PLCRG incorporates research in the field of popular literature and culture studies and cultural theory, as well as theoretical and historical approaches to the study of popular genre fiction from the Early Modern Period, the Victorian Period, and right up to contemporary 21st century literature and culture.

Several members of the Department of English and Creative Writing, from Postgraduate Researchers to Professors, are currently involved in research projects that explore the historical traditions of popular fiction as a classificatory mode, as well as the politics of specific works of popular genres and mainstream culture.

These include a wide range of genre-based approaches to middlebrow literature, adventure fiction, crime fiction, Robinsonade fiction, fantasy literature, utopian and dystopian fictions, science fiction, graphic novels, addiction literature, the literature of food, radical literature, popular theatre, popular visual culture, literature and religion, and other forms of non-literary genres such as journalism and botanical writings.

In addition, colleagues within the PLCRG are involved in various external collaborative research projects and organisations within the field of popular literature and culture studies.

More information about our members, networks and affiliations can be found on our University Website:

The official PLCRG team includes: Dr Ian Kinane, and Dr Mary L. Shannon

The PLCRG blog is edited by Research Student, Mollie Clarke