Building on Sir Herbert Grierson’s achievements as the first Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen, as poetry scholar, comparative literary historian, pioneering editor, translator and biographer, this new Centre seeks to extend his legacy, bringing together researchers and postgraduate students across the School of Language and Literature with an interest in one or more of the following areas:   

  • Literary study: poetics, literary history and comparative approaches to literature  
  • The relations between literature and intellectual history; the historical circulation of knowledge and cultural tradition; canonicity
  • Textual editing and criticism; manuscript studies; critical archive studies; the history of the book; material texts
  • Translation; the migrations of cultural production
  • The intersection of the textual and the visual
  • Biography, lifewriting and correspondence     

The Centre will complement and collaborate with other research centres in the School of Language and Literature such as The Centre for Early Modern Studies, the Sir Walter Scott Research Centre, the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, and the Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture.