Academic staff

Dr Hugh Adlington

Dr Hugh Adlington

Senior Lecturer

My research interests are primarily in the area of early modern literature (1500-1800), particularly religious poetry and prose, the works of John Donne, John Milton and Thomas Browne, the history of the book, and textual editing. Selected works-in-progress include a monograph on John Donne's library and reading, and a scholarly edition of John Donne's sermons. I enjoy teaching widely ...

Dr Maureen Bell

Dr Maureen Bell

Honorary Reader in English Literature

Now retired from the University, I continue to contribute to the University’s research profile as Director of the British Book Trade Index and through my continuing research and publications.

Dr Clara Dawson

Teaching Fellow

My main research interest is in the poetry of the long nineteenth-century, spanning from the Romantic period to the Edwardian.

Dr Zara Dinnen

Dr Zara Dinnen

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I joined Birmingham in September 2013 and teach modern and contemporary literature and culture. My research interests are in contemporary literature, film, art in relation to digital culture, and new media.

Professor R. J. (Dick) Ellis

Professor R. J. (Dick) Ellis

Professor of American Studies

I am Professor of American Studies here at Birmingham and I am always happy to hear from fellow enthusiasts for the Beats, for Beat writing and for African American writing. My interests, however, also range more widely, and this is reflected in my list of recent publications.

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor of English Literature

I have published many volumes of literary criticism on a wide range of authors, plus three collections of poetry and a verse translation of Dante’s Inferno.

 

Dr John Fagg

Dr John Fagg

Lecturer
Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

I took my BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and my MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where I then held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship followed by a Lectureship in American Literature.

My research focuses on American literature and visual art in the decades around 1900 and explores the ways in which ...

Dr Rex Ferguson

Dr Rex Ferguson

Lecturer in English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2011 as a lecturer in Modern Literature, having previously taught and studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. My research focuses on the intersection between literature, law and philosophy from the early twentieth century onwards.

Dr Danielle Fuller

Dr Danielle Fuller

Senior Lecturer in Canadian Studies

My main research areas are: contemporary Canadian writing, particularly Atlantic Canadian literary culture; the politics of cultural production in Canada, and reading communities in present-day North America and the UK. I am also committed to interdisciplinary research methods that combine empirical and textual strategies.

Dr Andrzej Gasiorek

Dr Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of English Literature and Creative Writing

I have been teaching at the University of Birmingham since 1993. Prior to that I worked for three years at the University of East Anglia. I did my doctoral work in Canada at McGill University, where I held a Commonwealth Scholarship for five years and wrote a PhD on post-1945 British fiction. I took a BA in English (in the School of Cultural and Community Studies) at Sussex University, ...

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

My interests span the period 1000-1600, mostly in Britain but with some coverage of northern France and the Low Countries. I work on medieval epigraphy, vernacularity, memorialisation, antiquarianism, and relations between textual and visual cultures, with a particular interest in the art of the parish church.

Dr Dave Gunning

Dr Dave Gunning

Lecturer

I am a lecturer in English Literature, specialising especially in the contemporary period, and with particular interests in postcolonial and postimperial literatures. My teaching and research activities give some sense of the range of my interests within this.

Dr Oliver Herford

Lecturer

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, focusing on questions of non-fictional style, and on the relations between literary correspondence and other types of life-writing. I have a particular research interest in Henry James. I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

Senior Lecturer

My teaching and my research interests move across the early modern and into the Romantic periods, with a particular interest in the way in which later writers respond to, adapt and receive earlier writers. My current projects include research on Charles Lamb's reading of early modern drama, and Andrew Marvell's reponses to Ben Jonson. I will be the School's Head of Education from the ...

Dr Deborah Longworth

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my Ph.D. from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis on women, the city and the concept of the flâneusein nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature. Previously I studied at the University of Reading, where I took a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, and the MA Literature and ...

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Lecturer in English Literature

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I teach and research 19th and 20th century literature and culture.

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature, and I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I’m interested the way Shakespeare is quoted and valued in literature and culture, from his own lifetime to the twenty-first century.  

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Chair in English Literature

My main enthusiasm is for eighteenth-century poetry and satire, particularly the work of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, and I have a special interest in textual editing, having produced, over the last few years, editions of Pope’s Dunciadand of hoaxes and parodies by Swift. I also enjoy teaching a wide range of English literature in a variety of our undergraduate and ...

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

I am a specialist in medieval English language and literature with strong manuscripts, archival, and interdisciplinary experience. My work addresses questions that trouble the conventional boundaries between literary and other discourses, and is informed by the belief that medieval textual research can contribute to cultural history and enrich theory and practice in English studies.

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in Medieval English

My work centres on Old English language and literature and the interaction between text and image in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts; I also write about and teach modern fantasy literature and its relationships with medieval texts.

Dr Will Tattersdill

Teaching Fellow

I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth-century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.

Dr Joseph Wallace

Birmingham Fellow

I work on the literature and culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century England. My critical interests include the reception of classical culture, early modern religious conflict, theories of fiction, and literary aesthetics.

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature. I teach pre-1800 literature, with a particular focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. As a researcher, I work on medieval Scottish literature. I am particularly interested in romance, manuscript study, and book history.

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

Dr Gillian Wright

Dr Gillian Wright

Senior Lecturer

I am a senior lecturer in English Literature, teaching both core courses and specialist modules. I have held a number of major administrative roles at departmental level, and am currently Programme Lead for the BA English degree.

My research explores the writings of early modern English and Irish women (c. 1550-1730), the social and cultural relationships which ...

Dr Jarad Zimbler

I am a Lecturer in Modern English literature. I teach across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on colonial and postcolonial literatures and an interest in critical theory, linguistics and narratology.