Staff in the Department of English and Comparative Literature

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Professor Joan Anim-Addo

Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture
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Joan’s research activities have been into Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing and Black presence in Europe.

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Professor Chris Baldick

Professor of English
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Chris’ interests are in 20th century British and European writing, especially English poetry and fiction 1900-1950.

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Dr Ros Barber

Senior Lecturer in Creative and Life Writing
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As a writer and researcher, Ros works in the fields of Early Modern literary biography and Shakespeare studies.

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Dr Sarah Barnsley

Senior Lecturer; Programme Director, University of London International Programmes (English)
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Sarah’s research includes American literature, Mary Barnard, modernism, poetry and poetics, and creative writing.

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Professor Alcuin Blamires

Emeritus Professor of English Literature
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Alcuin’s interests are Chaucer, fourteenth-century English literature and medieval debate about women in vernacular.

Dr Caroline Blinder

Reader in English and American Literature
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Caroline’s work includes 19th and 20th Century American literature, in particular writing from the 1930s.

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Professor Lucia Boldrini

Professor of English and Comparative Literature,
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Lucia’s principal areas of research are James Joyce, Dante and Modernist Medievalism as well as autobiography.

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Professor Helen Carr

Emeritus Professor of English
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Helen focusses on American literature and poetry, women's writing and feminist and postcolonial theory.

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Dr Alessia Cogo

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
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Alessia investigates the diversity of English, especially transcultural and transnational phenomena.

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Professor Josh Cohen

Professor of Modern Literary Theory
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Josh’s key interests are in psychoanalysis, literature and philosophy, especially Blanchot, Adorno and Benjamin.

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Dr Rick Crownshaw

Senior Lecturer
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Rick has worked extensively in the field of memory studies, focussing on the Anthropocene and American literature.

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Professor Jane Desmarais

Professor of English, Deputy Head of Department and Director of the Decadence Research Centre
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Her research is focussed on nineteenth-century literature and visual culture, specifically literary and Decadence.

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Professor Maura Dooley

Professor of Creative Writing
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Maura specialises in creative writing, specifically in the form of contemporary poetry and short fiction.

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Professor Alan Downie

Emeritus Professor of English
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Alan’s interests range from Early Modern literature and politics, and the history of the book, newspapers and pamphlets.

Professor Peter Dunwoodie

Emeritus Professor of French Literature
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Peter’s research on French and English literature gives special reference to colonial and postcolonial writing.

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Dr Miranda El-Rayess

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Miranda explores representations of consumer culture and the city through nineteenth and twentieth century literature.

Dr Isobel Hurst

Lecturer in English
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Isobel’s research is in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and fiction, and women's writing.

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Dr Nicole King

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Nicole King’s research explores representations of race, class, gender and black childhood in African American, Caribbean and Black British Literature.

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Dr Padraig Kirwan

Senior Lecturer in the Literature of the Americas
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Padraig's primary interest is contemporary Native American writing and tribal literatures of the Americas.

Stephen Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Stephen has research interests in creative writing and is a published writer of poetry and fiction.

Dr Andreas Kramer

Professor in German and Comparative Literature
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Andreas explores twentieth century German literature and culture, and the European Avant-garde.

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Professor Frank Krause

Professor of German and Head of Department
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Frank has written on German literature of the Enlightenment, the writer Emine Sevgi Özdamar and literary Expressionism.

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Dr Tom Lee

Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Tom is a published author of fiction, short stories and memoirs and teaches creative writing to undergraduates.

Dr Carole Maddern

Lecturer in English Literature
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Carole’s research interests include Old and Middle English and the origins and development of the English language.

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Adam Mars-Jones

Professor of Creative Writing
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Adam’s books include the novels Pilcrow and Cedilla, he also writes regularly for the London Review of Books.

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Professor Blake Morrison

Professor of Creative and Life Writing
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Blake is a poet, novelist and journalist, best known for two family memoirs and a study of the Bulger case, As If.

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Dr Uttara Natarajan

Reader in English Literature
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Uttara is interested in Romantic and Victorian literature, especially non-fictional prose and the history of ideas.

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Dr Mairi Neeves

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Mairi has interests in fields of postcolonialism, trauma studies, life-writing, and Middle Eastern Literature.

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Dr Julia Ng

Lecturer in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (

Julia specialises in the links between modern mathematics, political thought, and theories of history and language.

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Deirdre Osborne

Reader in English Literature and Drama
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Deirdre's research ranges from late-Victorian to contemporary periods focusing upon feminism, race and poetics.

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Dr Tim Parnell

Senior Lecturer in English
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Tim’s research focusses on Laurence Sterne and the diverse relationships between his writing and coeval print culture.

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Dr Pia Pichler

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
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Pia has dedicated herself to promoting linguistics and, in particular, the study of language, society and culture.

Dr Geri Popova

Lecturer in Linguistics
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Geri’s research to date has been in theoretical linguistics, focussing on morphology and lexical semantics.

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Ross Raisin

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Ross is the award-winning author of three novels, including God’s Own Country, and teaches creative and life writing.

Dr Jacqueline Rattray

Lecturer in Modern Literature
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A specialist in Spanish surrealism, Jacqueline’s research centres on the experimental writings of avant-garde artists.

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Deac Rossell

Lecturer in European Studies
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Deac’s interests include the relationship between newspapers and film, and independent American filmmaking.

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Professor Charlotte Scott

Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Senior Tutor
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Charlotte’s primary research interests focus on the relationship between drama and social history.

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Dr Abigail Shinn

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Abigail specialises in early modern English literature, especially in how different genres and cultural forms interact.

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Dr Michael Simpson

Senior Lecturer in English Literature
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Michael’s research interests span Romanticism, classical reception and postcolonialism.

Dr B J Sokol

Emeritus Professor of English
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B J is interested in the works of Shakespeare and other Renaissance writers, and twentieth-century American literature.

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Professor Francis Spufford

Professor of Creative Writing
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Francis’ research covers children's literature, science fiction and fantasy, and economics as a form of storytelling.

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Dr Tamar Steinitz

Lecturer in English and World Literature.
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My research interests are in twentieth-century and contemporary literature, with a focus on world literature and transnational fiction.

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Dr Nell Stevens

Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Nell Stevens is a writer of memoir and fiction and teaches creative writing.

Dr Carole Sweeney

Reader in Modern Literature
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Carole’s research interests include modernist literature, surrealism and modernist primitivism.

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Professor Derval Tubridy

Professor in English Literature and Visual Culture
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Derval’s research explores the intersection between language, materiality and process in contemporary literature.

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Dr Jack Underwood

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Jack is a poet and librettist, focussing on creative writing studies, post-structuralism and psychoanalytic theory.

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Ardashir Vakil

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Ardashir is a novelist, poet and short story writer who has published two award-winning novels, Beach Boy and One Day.

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Dr Erica Wagner

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Erica is interested in American fiction and non-fiction, the integration of scientific and medical writing with fiction.

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Dr Benjamin Woolley

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Benjamin Woolley is a lecturer for the Foundation Year, Integrated Degree, English Literature. As a writer, his interests include early-modern biography and the uses of history in fiction.