Find a research supervisor 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. 

Dr Amy Burge

Dr Amy Burge

Lecturer in Popular Fiction

My teaching and research interests are in popular fiction, in particular romance, both medieval and modern. My work is intersectional and focuses on gender, ethnicity and sexuality. I’m currently working on a literary history of romantic masculinity and a project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction.

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of North America

  • Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Art
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • U.S. Cultural Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Visual Culture

Dr John Fagg

Dr John Fagg

Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Cultures

  • American Literature
  • American Art
  • Realism
  • Illustration
  • Visual Culture
  • Print Culture

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of College of Arts and Law

  • Modernism
  • 1930s Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Fiction
  • Literature and Ethics

Dr Rosie Graham

Dr Rosie Graham

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and the Digital

  • Digital culture
  • Literary and recritical theory
  • Contemporary literature
  • New media, software and videogame studies
  • Digital humanities

Dr Dave Gunning

Dr Dave Gunning

Reader in English Literature

  • Contemporary literature
  • Anglophone postcolonial studies
  • Race and ethnicity in British culture
  • Literary non-fiction

Dr Matt Hayler

Dr Matt Hayler

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Digital Cultures

  • Digital Humanities
  • Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies
  • Phenomenology and Postphenomenology
  • Critical Theory
  • Experimental Writing
  • Cognitive Humanities

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Senior Lecturer

  • Nineteenth-century prose
  • Henry James
  • Life-writing
  • Textual revision
  • Literary editing
  • Quotation and allusion

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Senior Lecturer in Romanticism

  • English Poetry
  • Romantic-period Writing and its Legacies
  • Individualism
  • Lyric Voice

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Literature and science
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Literature and the visual arts
  • Poetic form

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor of English Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

  • Early modern literature
  • Romantic literature
  • Reception
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Manuscript

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor of English Literature
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Academic Experience)

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women Writers
  • Modernism
  • The Novel 1880-1940
  • Literature and Visual Arts 1840-1940
  • The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century City

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

  • Late nineteenth/Early twentieth century literature
  • Victorian and Modernist Art Writing/Criticism
  • John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Henry James 
  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism

Dr Chris Mourant

Dr Chris Mourant

Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures

  • Modernism
  • Print cultures (modernist magazines, periodicals, and coterie publishing)
  • Women’s writing
  • Literary geographies (transnational modernism; postcolonial literature and theory; travel writing; empire and colonialism)

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Lecturer in North American Literature

  • Late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century American literature
  • American Gothic
  • Literature of the sea, from the Romantic period to the present day

Dr Rebecca Roach

Dr Rebecca Roach

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

  • 20th and 21st century literature
  • Digital cultures, life writing
  • Book and media history (including reading communities)
  • Transnational modernism and its legacies, the institutionalisation of literary studies
  • Literary methodologies
  • The culture of celebrity as it interacts with literature

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

  • Anglophone postcolonial writing
  • Literature and the modern state
  • Decolonization and Cold War cultures
  • Literary and cultural institutions
  • Postcolonial/global book history

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Senior Lecturer in English

  • Old English literature
  • Modern fantasy literature
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Medievalism
  • Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

  • Contemporary fiction
  • The twenty-first century American novel
  • The quiet novel
  • Contemporary women’s autofiction, memoir, and autobiography
  • Social media and online information sharing practices
  • Literary fiction, prize culture, and MFA programmes

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences

  • Literature and science
  • Popular fiction
  • Periodicals
  • Science fiction
  • Genre
  • Imperialism

Dr Nathan Waddell

Dr Nathan Waddell

Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

  • Anglo-American literary modernism, with a focus on Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis
  • Inter-war dystopian writing, in particular the works of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell
  • Musico-literary interactions in early twentieth-century modernist fiction, poetry, and criticism

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

  • African American Studies
  • African American visual culture
  • Post 1945 American art
  • Post 1945 American Literature
  • Contemporary Literature

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Senior Lecturer

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Colonial literature
  • World literature
  • Cold war
  • Critical theory
  • Poetics