Academic staff with an interest in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Our research in modern and contemporary literature is rich and diverse, covering the full sweep of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries across the English-speaking world.

Chronologically it begins with work on the classic writers of High Modernism, including Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Virginia Woolf, Wyndham Lewis and Dorothy Richardson, and comes right up to date with the study of digital culture both as a proliferation of new cultural forms and reading experiences, and as a subject within contemporary literature and the arts. The geographical and cultural range of work is reflected in our research on English and Irish fantasy fiction, early twentieth-century American magazines, reading cultures in Canada, African American literary and visual culture, Black British and British Asian fiction, and South African novels and poetry. As this suggests, much of our work is interdisciplinary. In addition to visual culture, which stands alongside literary culture in our research from modernism to the contemporary, we explore the relationship between modern literature and several other disciplines and fields in our work, including the law, evolutionary biology and the history of science. 

List of Academic Staff

Dr Hannah Boast

Dr Hannah Boast

Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature

I teach and research contemporary and postcolonial literature. I am particularly interested in literary and cultural engagements with water, environment and resource politics. My research focuses on Israel, Palestine and the Arab world.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4220
Email
h.boast@bham.ac.uk

Dr Angus Connell Brown

Dr Angus Connell Brown

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

My research explores the history of reading in the long twentieth century. I am primarily interested in the intersections between critical, material, and literary culture.

Email
a.c.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

My teaching and research focusses on the literature and culture of twentieth-century North America, with a particular emphasis on collage, networks of influence, and the poetry and art of New York City.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8424
Email
r.cran@bham.ac.uk

Dr John Fagg

Lecturer

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 cultural forms adapted to the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4147812
Email
j.m.fagg@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rex Ferguson

Dr Rex Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in Modern 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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4996
Email
r.ferguson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Danielle Fuller

Dr Danielle Fuller

Reader in Canadian Studies and Cultures of Reading
PI, Death Before Birth project (ESRC, 2016-2018)

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6611
Email
d.fuller@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

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, where I ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5693
Email
a.b.p.gasiorek@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Geary

Dr Matthew Geary

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth-Century Literature

I teach across periods and genres of literature with specialism in Twentieth-Century literature (esp. Modernism, T. S. Eliot). My research interests focus on modernist literature and culture, psychoanalysis (across all schools), feminist philosophy, maternal studies, masculinities, and critical theory.

Email
gearymky@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matt Hayler

Dr Matt Hayler

Lecturer in Post-1945 Literature

I’m a lecturer in post-1945 Literature in the Department of English Literature. My research interests focus on e-reading, materially experimental writing, digital humanities, critical theory, technology, and embodiment. I’m particularly interested in how the materiality of our artefacts impacts upon our culture, daily practice, and cognition. My most recent research has been into the ...

Telephone
(+44) 7875426196
Email
m.s.hayler@bham.ac.uk

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James. I am interested in the place of style in literary non-fiction, the practice of editing, and the relations between personal correspondence and other types of life-writing (autobiography, biography, and memoir). I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5584
Email
o.herford@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Lecturer in Romanticism

I am interested in questions of voice, influence, and achievement in English poetry and in particular the poetry of the Romantic period. I teach across the spectrum of English literature - especially from the eighteenth-century onward.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8264
Email
a.hodgson@bham.ac.uk

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

I joined the department in 2015 as Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture. My research focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts. More widely, I work on and teach a wide range of nineteenth-century literature, with interests in poetry and poetic form, especially the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5989
Email
j.holmes.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

Reader in English Literature
Director of Education, College of Arts and Law

My teaching and my research interests move across the early modern and into the Romantic periods, with a particular focus on 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 for a new OUP edition of his Complete Works, responses to Ben Jonson in the Restoration and Romantic periods, ...

Telephone
0121 414 5679
Email
t.e.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Deborah Longworth

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer
Head of English Literature

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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7248
Email
d.l.longworth@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I lecture and research on 19th and 20th century British and American literature and visual culture. I am the director of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, and I am also the Admissions Tutor for English Literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5660
Email
d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Chris Mourant

Dr Chris Mourant

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth-Century English Literature
Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures

I work on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature, with particular focus on the textual histories of British modernism. My research traces networks of influence across magazines, periodicals, and publishing coteries, and I am especially interested in the history of women’s writing, travel/colonial writing, and the development of the modern short story.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8682
Email
c.mourant@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Lecturer in North American Literature

I work on the representation of voice and the failure of language in nineteenth-century American Gothic literature, and on the literature of the sea and the presentation of subjectivity and oceanic depths in a variety of textual forms: novels, poetry, shipboard diaries, and logbooks. I teach widely across the discipline, primarily nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

Email
j.packham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

I arrived at Birmingham in 2016 and teach postcolonial literatures in English. I have research interests in postcolonial studies, the modern state and its interfaces with literary culture, the Cold War and decolonisation, the study of cultural institutions, and book history/print culture studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7946
Email
a.rogers.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in 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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5684
Email
p.semper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as a lecturer in Contemporary American Literature. My research focuses on the American novel, quietness, memoir, gender, and digital cultures. I am currently writing a cultural and literary history of quiet in the American tradition.

Telephone
+44 (0)1214 158612
Email
r.sykes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3219
Email
w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nathan Waddell

Dr Nathan Waddell

Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham’s Department of English Literature, where I've worked since October 2017. Between 2012 and 2017 I worked in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. My research focuses on literary modernism (especially the life, work, and controversies of the painter and writer Wyndham Lewis, 1882-1957) and on musico-literary relations.

Email
n.j.waddell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

I am a lecturer in American Literature and Culture. My research focuses on twentieth-century African American literature and visual art, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between political and aesthetic ideas of freedom.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5681
Email
s.k.wood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Lecturer in Modern English Literature

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6206
Email
j.j.zimbler@bham.ac.uk