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Chris Witter

Chris Witter

Research Student, Associate Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


Web: c.witter1@lancaster.ac.uk

Profile

I am an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. In September 2013 I submitted my PhD thesis under the title 'The American Short Story in the 1960s: Literary Experiment and Social Change.' I teach on the English 100 undergraduate course. I am also employed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to mentor students, helping them with their academic writing.

My PhD was funded by an AHRC Studentship Award. As part of my research I undertook an AHRC funded Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, in 2011. I recently won the 2012 RWS Postgraduate Essay Prize, with an essay titled ‘Grace Paley and the Tenement Pastoral'. This was published in Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 11 (October 2013). I am a member of the Raymond Williams Society (RWS) and the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).

My research focuses on postwar American literature, with particular attention to the relation between 'experimental' fiction and the politics of class, ethnicity and gender. Specifically, I have written about the ways in which changing social relations in the postwar period affect different writers' engagements with capitalist modernity and appropriations of modernism. This has led me towards a reconsideration of the emergence of literary postmodernism.

Please do feel free to get in touch if you have similar research interests.

Current Teaching

ENGL 100 course, Department of English & Creative Writing.

Professional Role

Student Mentor, FASS Academic Writing Workshops.

2013

Grace Paley and the Tenement Pastoral

Witter, C. 2013 In: Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism. 11, p. 107-119 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

‘A NewBridge Enquiry: The Politics of Participation and the Act of Invitation’: CANNED: A NewBridge Project Publication

Witter, C., Lloyd, T., Priest, I. & Wilson, A. 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne

Research output: Other contribution

2011

Kasia Boddy, The American Short Story since 1950 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010, £19.99). Pp. 184. isbn 978 0 7486 2766 0.

Witter, C. 1/02/2011 In: Journal of American Studies. 45, 1, p. E7 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

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