Dr Ruth Page

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Department of English Language and Linguistics
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Student Experience Academic Lead for ELAL

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Senior Lecturer in Stylistics. My main research explores the language people use when they tell stories, particularly in social media contexts.


  • BA English Literature and Language (1994)
  • Certificate in Professional Development, University of Central England (1997)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham, 2000)


I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in 2015, returning to the University of Birmingham where I completed my undergraduate and doctoral studies some years earlier.  In between, I worked at Birmingham City University and the University of Leicester.


I teach on both the campus-based and the distance MA programmes in Literary Linguistics and Applied Linguistics as well as the BA Single Honours and Joint Honours Programmes in English Language. I teach on and/or convene modules in Language, Gender and Identity, Narrative Analysis and Literary Linguistics.

Postgraduate supervision

I am always looking for students with exciting projects and am particularly interested in supervising projects which incorporate discourse analysis and narrative analysis, focus on data from spoken or social media contexts, which include multimodal materials along with verbal data, and/or explore topics in language and gender.  I have supervised PhD projects in the broad fields of

  • Discourse analysis
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Computer-mediated communication

Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research interests focus on narrative analysis, computer-mediated communication and language and gender.  My research includes both literary-critical and discourse analytic approaches to narrative, exploring storytelling examples found in literary, conversational, and most recently, social media contexts.  I enjoy working with commercial and heritage partners on funded and unfunded collaborations.

Other activities



  • (2018) Narratives Online: Shared Stories and Social Media Controversies, Cambridge: CUP.
  • (2012) Stories and Social Media: Identities and Interaction, London & NY: Routledge.
  • (2006) Literary and Linguistic Approaches to Feminist Narratology, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Edited collections

  • (2018) Language, Text and Context Revisited: Essays in Honour of Michael Toolan. Co-edited with Beatrix Busse and Nina Nørgaard, London and NY: Routledge.
  • (2018) Museum Thresholds: The Design and Media of Arrival. Co-edited with Ross Parry and Alex Moseley, London: Routledge.
  • (2011) New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age, co-edited with Bronwen Thomas.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • (2010) New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality, London and New York: Routledge.

Text books

  • (2014) Researching the Language of Social Media, co-authored with David Barton, Johann Unger and Michele Zappavigna.  London and New York: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • (2017) Ethics Revisited: Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships in Online Research.Applied Linguistics Review 8(2-3): 315-320.
  • (2014) Saying ‘Sorry’: Corporate Apologies Posted to Twitter. Journal of Pragmatics 62: 30-45.
  • (2014) Counter Narratives and Controversial Crimes in Wikipedia. Language and Literature 23 (1): 61-76.
  • (2013) From Small Stories to Networked Narrative. Co-authored with Richard Harper and Maximiliane Frobenius. Narrative Inquiry, 23 (1): 192-213.
  • (2013) Seriality and Storytelling in Social Media. Storyworlds 5: 31-53.
  • (2012) Self-Branding and Micro-celebrity: The Linguistic Potential of Hashtags. Discourse and Communication 6 (2): 1-21.
  • (2011) Response to Target Essay on Social Minds: A Contextualist Response.  Style 45 (2): 292-295.
  • (2010) Re-examining Narrativity: Small Stories in Status Updates. Text and Talk 30(4): 423-444.
  • (2010) New Challenges for Feminist Stylistics. The Case of Girl with a One Track Mind.  Journal of Literary Theory 4 (1): 1-18.
  • (2008) Gender and Genre Revisited: Storyworlds in Personal Blogs. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, XLI (Fall/Winter 2008): 151-177.
  • (2008) Variation in Storytelling Styles amongst New Zealand Schoolchildren. Narrative Inquiry 18 (1): 152-179.
  • (2003) 'Cherie: lawyer, wife, mum': Contradictory Patterns of Representation in Media Reports of Cherie Booth/Blair.  Discourse and Society 14 (5): 559-579.
  • (2003) An Analysis of APPRAISAL in Childbirth Narratives with Special Consideration of Gender and Storytelling Style.  TEXT  23 (2): 211-237.
  • (2003) Feminist narratology?  Literary and Linguistic Perspectives on Gender and Narrativity.  Language and Literature 12 (1): 43-56.
  • (2002) Evaluation in Childbirth Narratives told by Women and Men.  Discourse Studies 4 (1): 99-116.

Book chapters

  • (2018) “Dimensions of Visitor Experience in the Threshold: Analysing Evaluation.” In Museum Thresholds: The Design and Media of Arrival. Co-edited with Ross Parry and Alex Moseley. London: Routledge.
  • (2017) “Narration.” In Handbook of Pragmatics 11: Pragmatics of Social Media. Edited by Christian Hoffmann and Wolfram Bublitz, pp.523-544. De Mouton de Gruyter. New York and Berlin.
  • (2015) “Between the Big and the Small: Analysing Identity and Interaction in Digital Contexts.” In The Handbook of Digital Communication. Edited by Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Tereza Spilioti. London: Routledge.
  • (2015) “TheNarrative Dimensions of Social Media Storytelling: Options for Linearity and Tellership.” In The Blackwell Handbook for Narrative Analysis. Edited by Anna de Fina and Alexandra Georgakopoulou, pp.329-348. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • (2014) “Hoaxes, Hacking and Humour: Analysing Impersonated Identity Online.” In The Language of Social Media: Communication and Community on the Internet. Edited by Philip Sargeant and Caroline Tagg, pp.46-64.  Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • (2014) “Narrative Structure.” In The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics.  Edited by Peter Stockwell and Sara White, pp.439-455.  Cambridge: CUP
  • (2011) “Blogging on the Body: Gender and Narrative.” In New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age. Co-edited by R. E. Page and B. Thomas, pp.220-238.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • (2010) Interactivity and Interaction: Text and Talk in Online Communities. In Intermedial Storytelling, edited by Marina Grishakov and Marie-Laure Ryan, pp. 208-231, Narratologia series.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2008) A voice of her own: A stylistic analysis of women’s voices in Jane Eyre, To the Lighthouse and Bridget Jones’s Diary. In Stylistics – China and the World – Papers from the 1st International and 5th National Conference on Stylistics, pp23-47. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
  • (2007) Gender and Narrative Form. In Masculinities in Texts and Teaching, edited by Ben Knights, pp.109-125.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2007) Feminist Narratology. In Contemporary Stylistics, edited by Marina Lambrou and Peter Stockwell, pp.93-105.  London: Continuum.
  • (2007) Gender. In the Cambridge Companion to Narrative, edited by David Herman, pp. 189-202.  Cambridge: CUP.

Encyclopedia entries

  • (2013) “Lifestory,” “Gender” and “Blogs” in The Johns Hopkins Encylopedia of Digital Media and Textuality, edited by Marie-Laure Ryan.
  • (2009) “Narrative Discourse” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Pragmatics, edited by Louise Cummings.
  • (2006) "Feminist Narratology" in the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed., Edited by Keith Brown, Elsevier: Oxford.

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