English Research

English staff at Lincoln are currently undertaking research that spans six centuries and three continents, and are also highly productive in the field of creative writing. There are particular strengths in twenty-first century writing, nineteenth-century studies, drama, gothic literature, women's writing and utopian studies. English hosts two vibrant and productive research groups:

21st Century Research Group

Launched in May 2012, and co-directed by Dr Siân Adiseshiah and Dr Ruth Charnock, the 21st Century Research Group is a lively cross-disciplinary collaboration of staff and students, currently from English, Media, Performing Arts, Art & Design, and Business & Law at the University of Lincoln working on aesthetic, digital and environmental mediations of the 21st century. The group has organised seminars with internal and external speakers, book launches, symposia, colloquia and conferences. Examples of events include the hosting of New Economics Foundation economist, James Meadway who gave a talk on debt in the 21st century (November 2013) and As Above So Below: a colloquium on Drone Culture (May 2014). The group is hosting the 4th biennial international conference, What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English, 27-30 June 2016, University of Lincoln: http://21cresearchgroup.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

The Nineteenth-Century Research Group

The Nineteenth-Century Research Group brings together academics to further interdisciplinary inquiry into the history and culture of the long nineteenth century. The group has organised two conferences at Lincoln, one on life writing and one on travel, both of which led to published essay collections. There is a strong relationship with the Tennyson Research Centre, with whom we collaborate on both teaching and research. The group fosters connections with academics beyond the University of Lincoln: we regularly host external speakers, as well as colleagues from Bishop Grosseteste University and independent scholars from the region. http://c19group.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/


Dr Siân Adiseshiah

Dr Siân Adiseshiah is Reader in English Literature and Drama at the University of Lincoln. She is a specialist in contemporary theatre (political theatre and feminist playwriting in particular), class studies, utopianism, ageing and gerontology studies, and 21st-century literature and cultural contexts. Her first book was Churchill's Socialism: Political Resistance in the Plays of Caryl Churchill (CSP, 2009) and second (a co-edited collection [with Rupert Hildyard]) was Twenty-First Century Fiction: What Happens Now (Palgrave, 2013). Her third is a co-edited collection [with Louise LePage]), Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now (Palgrave, 2016). She is also working on a new monograph with the title Utopian Drama: in search of a genre. Siân is founder and co-director (with Ruth Charnock) of Lincoln's 21st Century Research Group: http://21cresearchgroup.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/ and co-coordinates (with Dr Amy Culley) the Older Readers’ 21st-century Literature Book Club: https://twentyfirstcenturybookclub.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2014/04/01/hello-21st-century-readers/

Professor Lucie Armitt

Professor Lucie Armitt is Chair of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln. She is a specialist in the Gothic, contemporary women's writing and all areas of the literary fantastic. She is an Associate Editor of the award-winning journal Contemporary Women's Writing (OUP) and founding Treasurer of the global research network the Contemporary Women's Writing Association http://www.the-cwwa.org/.Her most recent book is Twentieth-Century Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2011). She is currently working on a co-authored book (with Scott Brewster) titled Gothic Literature, Travel and Tourism.

Michael Blackburn

Michael is a poet, publisher and part-time lecturer. His previous poetry titles include The Prophecy of Christos (Jackson’s Arm) and The Ascending Boy (Flambard Press) plus various hypertext works, the most recent being Portrait of the Artist as a Cyborg. Current projects include two book-length collections: Where Gravity Begins (examination of the spirit of place, using the geography and history of Lincolnshire as the core material) andBig on the Hawkesbury (based on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales). He is also looking for publishers for two just-completed collections: Twisted Fish and The Days, How They Pass.

Dr Scott Brewster

Dr Scott Brewster’s research interests lie in Gothic literature, Irish Studies, modern poetry and psychoanalysis, and he has published widely in these fields. His principal publications are Lyric (Routledge, 2009), Irish Literature Since 1990: Diverse Voices (MUP, 2009), Inhuman Reflections: Thinking the Limits of the Human (MUP, 2000) and Ireland in Proximity: History, Gender, Space (Routledge, 1999). An essay on James Hogg is forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to the Scottish Gothic. He is co-editing The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story (with Luke Thurston, University of Aberystwyth), and is also co-writing a book (with Lucie Armitt, University of Lincoln) on Gothic travel and tourism. He was President of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) between 2005 and 2009, and currently serves on the National Council of the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS).

Dr Ruth Charnock

Dr Ruth Charnock’s research interests lie particularly in the fields of contemporary American literature and culture, affect studies, psychoanalysis, critical theory and feminism. Her most recent publication is in the edited collection Patriarchal Moments [Bloomsbury, 2014] entitled “’His peremptory prick’: the failure of the phallic in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve” and in the edited collection Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture [IB Tauris, 2015] on cruel optimism in the HBO tv series Girls. She has two current book-length projects. Her first entitled Shameless: Anaïs Nin, sex, writing considers the cultural reception of the twentieth-century author and diarist Anaïs Nin. Her second book-length project is entitled By Heart: Care in Contemporary American Culture, and considers contemporary American literature and culture and notions of ‘authentic’ feeling. She also hosted a symposium on the musician Joni Mitchell at Lincoln in July, 2015 (http://courtandsparksymposium.wordpress.com/). Ruth is co-director of Lincoln’s 21st Century Research Group with Siân Adiseshiah http://21cresearchgroup.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

Dr Owen Clayton

Dr Owen Clayton is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln. His interests include transatlantic visual culture of the long nineteenth-century, working–class studies and, increasingly, Anglo-Saxonism. He has published on William Dean Howells in the journal Nineteenth-Century Literature (University of California Press), and also has a chapter on Jack London in an edited collection entitled Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations (University Press of New England). His first monograph, Literature and Photography in Transition, 1850-1915, is coming out with Palgrave MacMillan at the end of 2014.

Dr Alice Crossley

Dr Alice Crossley’s research interests lie in nineteenth century literature, with an emphasis on three main areas: age(ing) studies, gender (particularly masculinity), and material culture (particularly printed ephemera). Her monograph Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction: George Meredith, W.M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope is forthcoming with Routledge, and she has published widely on male youth, the schoolboy body in Victorian novels, and the serialised Bildungsroman. She is guest editor for the 2017 summer issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies on ‘Age and Gender'. She is also interested in the significance of fictional dialogue as a narrative and stylistic device in nineteenth-century prose. In addition, Dr Crossley writes on Victorian valentines, which were often mocking or vulgar and not merely sentimental cards during the nineteenth century.

Dr Amy Culley

Dr Amy Culley's research interests lie in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, particularly women’s writing and life writing. She is the author of British Women’s Life Writing, 1760-1840: Friendship, Community, and Collaboration (Palgrave, 2014) and co-editor, with Daniel Cook, of Women’s Life Writing, 1700-1850: Gender, Genre and Authorship (Palgrave, 2012). She has published a scholarly edition of Women’s Court and Society Memoirs (Pickering and Chatto, 2009) which has led to further work on the theory and practice of editing in a forthcoming volume, co-edited with Anna Fitzer, Editing Women’s Writing, 16701840 to be published by Routledge. Her current research projects focus on narratives of women’s old age (funded by the BA/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme) and women writers’ contributions to early literary biography. 

Dr Ruth Hawthorn

Ruth Hawthorn’s research lies in modern and contemporary American Literature; she has particular interests in detective fiction, post-WWII poetry (especially the Elegy), counter-cultures and the literature of Los Angeles. She is currently completing a study of American detective fiction for the BAAS Paperbacks series with Edinburgh University Press, co-editing a collection on animals in detective fiction for Palgrave’s Animals and Literature series (with John Miller, University of Sheffield) and has an article forthcoming in the Journal of American Studies: ‘Delinquent Dogs and the Molise Malaise: Negotiating Suburbia in John Fante’s “My Dog Stupid”’ (2018). She is also a regular contributor to PN Review.

Dr Rupert Hildyard

Rupert has written on early twentieth century cultural history, and current research interests include ecocriticism, contemporary poetry and eighteenth century culture. He organised and hosted the 2006 Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment conference on ‘The Future of Ecocriticism’ at Lincoln University, and edited the latest edition of Green Letters, the journal of ASLE UK. His most recent papers have been on contemporary fiction (John Lanchester’s Mr Phillips), and the connection between Ecocriticism and theories of poetry.

Dr Christopher Marlow

Dr Christopher Marlow’s research deals primarily with early modern drama and poetry, and he is particularly interested in representations of masculinity and friendship in the period. Recent publications have been concerned with drama written and performed at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His book on this topic, Performing Masculinity in English University Drama 1598-1636, was published by Ashgate in April 2013. Christopher is also interested in the intersection of sexuality, politics and community in drama, and has written on Doctor Who and the concept of adaptation. His next book, on Shakespeare and Cultural Materialism, will be published by Arden Shakespeare in early 2017.

Catherine Redpath

Catherine’s current areas of interest are principally gender and sexuality studies, particularly the work of Julia Kristeva and Helene Cixous. She is also interested in film studies; in particular, she is concerned with evaluating how films construct gendered subjectivities. She is especially interested in representations of ‘shifting identities’ in terms of post 9/11 notions of the fragmented ‘self’ and this has led her to research the fast evolving area of trauma studies. She has previously published on the eighth and ninth century Viking Eddas and Sagas and remains interested in this area.

Dr Phil Redpath

Phil’s research interests lie largely in twentieth century and post-millenial literature. He has particular interests in William Golding, Ted Hughes and Mervyn Peake and has written books and articles on all three. Currently he is preparing to write a conference paper on the novels of David Peace and is also writing on the literature produced during the era of Margaret Thatcher. He has an interest in all things Postmodern, especially as they link to theory. His other big interest is creative writing and he has just completed his third novel. He is also working on a volume of poetry.

Dr Kristian Shaw

Dr Kristian Shaw specialises in contemporary British and American literature. His research includes the effects of globalisation, transnationalism, and digital technology on contemporary culture. His first monograph, Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Fiction, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. His research project was funded by the AHRC. He has published journal articles and book chapters on a range of authors including David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, and Philip Pullman. He is also interested in the pedagogical approaches to the study of literature and has a book chapter in Teaching 21st Century Genres (Palgrave), which is nominated for the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award. He is in the early stages of planning his next monograph, BrexLit, examining literary responses to recent political events in the UK. He serves as an editor and reader for C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings.

Dr Sarah Stovell

Sarah's interests are mainly in the modern historical novel, especially neo-Victorianism and biographical historical fiction, and she is interested in examining where the construction of fiction lies within historiography and the narrative of history.  Her most recent publication is The Night Flower, a neo-Victorian novel exploring the system of criminal transportation from a female perspective, and she is currently working on a biographical novel about Dorothy Wordsworth. 

Dr Rebecca Styler

Dr Rebecca Styler’s research interests lie in the intersection of literature, religion and gender in the long nineteenth century. She recently published articles on 'Elizabeth Gaskell and the Madonna: Metaphors of the Maternal Divine', and 'Revelations of Childhood: Anna Jameson, Mary Howitt, and Victorian Women's Spiritual Autobiography'. She is currently working on a book on maternal images of God in literature, 1850-1920.