Research Focus

Research Focus

The Department of Literary and Translation Studies (LTS) is a vibrant and dynamic centre for research in areas including literary translation, audiovisual translation, interpreting studies, translation technology, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, film studies, and romantic and gothic studies.

Individual research excellence

Our academic staff are active researchers and scholars who publish books, translations, scholarly editions, and book chapters with prestigious publishing houses, and articles in high-impact journals. Many of our staff are members of long-term and collaborative national and international research projects, achieving a significant impact in their disciplines and in society.

Research impact

LTS research is deeply social, engaging with industry and the wider community. We explore literature and translation in dialogue with emerging social issues, and between China and the world. We value collaboration and cross-disciplinarity, and we aim to make our research accessible and impactful for diverse audiences through a range of activities. These include organising and attending international conferences, hosting and giving public lectures and seminars, and providing interviews and expert commentary to media.

Research centres

Our academic staff are also part of project teams in the new University Research Centre in Culture, Communication, and Society, working across disciplines and topics such as global challenges, heritage and culture, environmental humanities, and language and technology. In addition, LTS has three standalone departmental research groups reflecting areas of particular depth of expertise: Translating China (2021-present); Romantic Horizons (2021-present); and XGOTH: the Centre for Gothic Studies at XJTLU (new in 2023/24).

PhD and early career research

LTS is home to a small but diverse and growing doctoral research community. Ongoing projects supervised within the Department include history in the early Gothic novel, and a cognitive-processing approach to Chinese political discourse. We also aim to foster a postdoctoral and early career research community through a researcher development initiative, to launch in 2023/24, which will feature one-on-one mentoring, brown bag meetings, funding workshops, and grantsmanship seminars.