Staff in English Literature


Dr Hugh Adlington

Dr Hugh Adlington

Senior Lecturer

Dr Elsa Braekkan Payne

Dr Elsa Braekkan Payne

Lecturer in Creative Writing

I lecture in Creative Writing across all levels of study.

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

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 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 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 Andrzej Gasiorek

Dr Andrzej Gasiorek

Reader in 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 Richard House

Dr Richard House

Lecturer

I write fiction and short film.

Dr Luke Kennard

Dr Luke Kennard

Lecturer

Award-winning contemporary poet, literary critic and prose writer. A focus on the serious application of Surrealist technique.

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

Senior Lecturer

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 the ...

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

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.

Professor Ian Small

Professor Ian Small

Professor of English Literature

Ian Small has published widely on late nineteenth-century intellectual culture, on the theory and practice of text-editing, and on the role of literary theory in English studies. He has a particular interest in Oscar Wilde. He has edited a number of Wilde's works and - most recently - has published on the nature of Wilde's writing career. He is the general editor of the Oxford English 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 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 ...