Staff Research Interests
Our staff have research interests and expertise in all major areas of Literary Study and Creative Writing.
My main areas of interest are long prose fiction the short story and creative non fiction and the personal essay. My recent work has concentrated on the unreliable or limited narrator and on LDS fiction and on respresentations of the sick or traumatised self in memoir / the lyric essay and hybrid works. My last novel, Fell (2016), engages with ideas about healing, transformation, haunting and masculinity and I have recently returned to these themes in a book length collection of linked personal essays provisionally entitled Notes Made While Falling.
I am also interested in writing industries and new routes into publication for writers, collaborative working between writers, and the way writers and other creative practitioners work together. With this in mind, in 2013 I co-founded the writers' and artists' collective, Curious Tales, which allows practioners to work together to create, produce and deliver creative works. So far we have published the illustrated anthologies: The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales, Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales, Bus StationL Unbound, The Barrow Rapture and Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales. I also co-write collaborative weird/uncanny/horror fiction with R. S Hirst (The Night Vistors, Plunge Hill Hospital, etc).
I am currently working on science fiction of the 1960s, especially on New Wave science fiction and literary experimentation. I am also pursuing new developments in critical/creative practice, as well as developing a collaborative projects in film, and in the relation between image and text.
My original research specialism is in nineteenth-century Literature (Romantic and Victorian) with a particular interest in spatial and material forms of interpretation. My traditional disciplinary expertise is in Wordsworth and in the study and interpretation of manuscripts. However, I am also interested in the Digital and Spatial Humanities and in new ways of understanding the spatial meaning of literary texts. Here I work in more interdisciplinary ways across the fields of literature, cartography and geography. I want to think about the relationship between mapping and reading for meaning-making and the ways in which cognitive mapping can help us understand literature anew. I am PI on two digital projects that explore such questions: Chronotopic Cartographies and Litcraft.
At Lancaster, I normally teach on the second year British Romanticism core course which runs for 22 weeks right across the year. In the third year I teach a number of specialist half unit courses drawing on my research expertise, including: "Victorian Popular Fiction" and "Where Do Poems Come From?" At graduate level I teach on the MA in Romantic and Victorian Studies with a module called "On Location in the Lakes" and one entitled "Place; Space; Text". I also supervise PhD projects on Romanticism, textual criticism and space and place in poetry.
My main areas of interest are in literature and the Bible and literature and place. My work in both fields focuses on aesthetics in terms of both visual and sensuous experience of the world (aisthesis) and in political philosophy. My most recent monograph, The Politics of Purim reads Esther and its festival, Purim, via political and aesthetic theory. I have also recently co-edited a book on attitudes to human-world relations in the long nineteenth century: Anticipatory Materialisms in Literature and Philosophy, 1790-1930. My next projects continue this interest in aisthesis in literature (Rough Justice: The Politics of Working-Class Aesthetics in the Victorian Novel) and literary reception of the Bible.
My principal areas of practical research are in poetry and poetic translation, poetic sound-montage and the short story. I have been interested in the connections between medieval dream narratives and the jump-cut and dramatic effects of some modernist poetry - my current new work 'After Awater' takes its lead from the long 1934 poem 'Awater' by Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff. I am also currently completing translations of some of the 1930s poems of Henri Michaux.
My research interests cover a wide range of drama and performance in medieval and early modern England, especially through the study of spectatorship. I study the ways in which people at the lower levels of society used performance in their everyday lives to enact communal conflicts; the focus of this research is the performance of provincial libels under James I. Preserved in the Star Chamber court records are accounts of early communities writing slanderous verses about one another and reading them aloud to local audiences, as well as fixing symbols to significant public places and acting various out mock-ceremonies. My research investigates the literary and performance nature of these sources along with their uses of place and space, including using digital mapping to locate them in their contemporary landscape using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). I also have research interests in early ecocriticism and communal reactions to early environmental problems, especially extreme weather events during the Little Ice Age.
The formation of identity and selfhood through literature and performance is my broader research area, especially the existence of anxiety over the boundaries of public and private life throughout the medieval period. I am interested in defamation, both libel and slander, as a form of early modern media and am currently working on false news and the circulation of disinformation in the early modern world.
My research interests lie in literature's relationship with other media, including painting, photography, theatre, film, television, and new media. Historically and nationally, my interests lie in British literature of the long nineteenth century, though I am interested in its relations with other periods and nations as well as other media.
His research focuses on fiction since 1800. His first book, Conrad, Language, and Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 2002), received the Joseph Conrad Society of America's Adam Gillon Award for the most significant work in Conrad studies from 2001-4. Contemporary Fiction and the Uses of Theory (Palgrave, 2006) is a study of the reception and representation of theoretical ideas in literary fiction since the 1960s. Sleep and the Novel (Palgrave, 2018) examines representations of the sleeping body in fiction since 1800. His current research is on Jane Austen.
My research interests focus in particular on marginal, topical and ephemeral cultural texts, and have resulted in a number of studies of seventeenth century religious writings, especially those from the radical sects, and with a particular focus on early Quakerism. I am also interested in middlebrow and material culture of the late nineteenth to mid twentieth century, an interest which I have pursued through a Wellcome Trust funded project on the cultural history of twin beds, resulting in a monograph published by Bloomsbury in 2019. I would be interested in supervising projects that relate broadly to these areas.
My research in creative writing (research as practice) is in short fiction and short stories, as well as linked short story collections, novels in stories and composite novels. My current creative research is in writing and disability, with a focus on carers and caring. My other area of interest is in speculative fiction, especially work that plays with genre boundaries.
I specialise in post-1948 literature of the Arab world (including North Africa) within postcolonial studies. To date I've focused on configurations of national and transnational community, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. I work with material in English, French and in translation from Arabic.
I am from Dundalk in Ireland. I taught at several different universities in the United States, including Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I tutor on the creative writing DLMA.
As I writer, I began in poetry and have recently gravitated towards prose fiction. I have published five collections of poems, a football memoir and a Gothic novella. A second novel, We Are Not in the World, is due from Doubleday in February 2021. I am interested in the relationship between narrative and time. I am interested, also, in the space between poetry and prose. My most recent poetry collection, Live Streaming, includes a fragmentary prose collage about my late father.The History of Rain (poems, Gallery Press, 1993) Seatown (poems, Gallery Press, 1999) Red Mist: Roy Keane & Ireland's Football Civil War (memoir, Bloomsbury, 2004) Fiction (poem, Gallery Press, 2005) The Sun King (poem, Gallery Press, 2013) Nothing on Earth (novel, Doubleday Ireland, 2016) Live Streaming (poems, Gallery Press, 2017) We Are Not in the World (novel, Doubleday UK, 2021)
I teach and research fifteenth- and sixteenth-century writing in English. While my research interests are varied, I mainly work on: the cultural politics of Tudor and Stuart translation: embodiment; emotions; Ovidian mythology; premodern gothic; surface studies. My current book-length projects are Shakespeare on the Surface (Routledge under contract) and Travel, Translation and Tudor Sensibilities: Thomas Churchyard's Passionate Histories (Leverhulme funded).
My research is located within in the field of literary and cultural theory with a particular interest in mobilities research and literary geography (see recent publications). This includes recent work on driving and auto/mobility and the formative role of mobilities of different kinds in relationships (this overlapping with my earlier work on discourses of love and romance).
My main research interests are in the relations between the literature, science and medicine of the Romantic period, 1780-1820. My first book, Shelley and Vitality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), explored the medical and scientific contexts which inform Shelley's concept of vitality in his major poetry. In 2010 I published Romanticism: An Introduction (Continuum). in 2013 I published Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science, and Medicine of the 1790s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). With Tim Fulford, I co-edited the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy, to be published in four volumes by OUP in 2019.
My research interests are in modern and contemporary English and American writing, with a particular but not exclusive interest in poetry. Most of my books have focused on poetry (Eliot, Stevens, Auden), and my most recent has been an edited collection of essays about Auden from Cambridge University Press (2013). My current research continues these interests, including work on Auden and Stevens as well as on more contemporary writers, and at a broader level connects with areas such as: writing and landscape (or place); writing and the religious impulse; writing and seeing (including the extension beyond textual into visual), and critical creativity.
Catherine Spooner specialises in Gothic literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular interest in fashion. She is the author of three books: Fashioning Gothic Bodies, Contemporary Gothic and Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic. She has also co-edited three books: The Routledge Companion to Gothic (with Emma McEvoy), Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects (with Fred Botting) and Return to Twin Peaks (with Jeffrey Weinstock). She is currently working on a Gothic cultural history of the white dress and investigating the modern legacy of the Lancashire Witches.
I have two research concentrations: the Second World War Gothic of the British home front, and twenty-first century Gothic and science fiction. Both strands of my research are concerned with ethical witness in response to individual and collective suffering. My current research projects include a monograph entitled Transplantation Gothic, exploring Gothic and horror fantasies of tissue transfer, and I am Primary Investigator on the AHRC network Translating Chronic Pain, researching literary representations of chronic pain. My work continues to build on my first monograph, Urban Gothic of the Second World War, examining combatants and refugees as spectral figures, liminal and vulnerable.