Narrative Research

The Narrative Research Group draws on existing strengths in teaching and researching narrative within the Media School.

We define narrative very broadly and are concerned with examining it as a structuring mechanism across multiple media and disciplines. We intend to build on existing links with international organisations, conferences and journals, and to foster collaborative work both within the School and with other Schools across the University.

By inviting external speakers and developing our own identity as a group of researchers, we hope to stimulate research activity in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, especially regarding the development of English within the Media School.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 4pm for seminars, workshops and presentations from visiting speakers. Please see ‘News and Events’ for the latest schedule or contact Julia Round (

Our research areas include:

  • Interactive narratives
  • Children’s narratives
  • Non-fiction narratives
  • Literary narratives
  • Visual narratives
  • Sequential art
  • Narratives across media
  • Narratives of convergence
  • Redefining the literary
  • Narrative theoretical frameworks (postclassical narratology, reader response theory, semiotics, postmodernism, Bakhtin)

Areas of investigation include: film, literature, comic books, television, adaptations, interactive fiction, paratext, hypertext, literary journalism, and documentary, and beyond…