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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 also hosts two vibrant and productive research groups - 21st┬áCentury Research Group and The Nineteenth-Century Research Group

Find out more about each academic's research specialisms below:

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.

Daniele Pantano

Daniele Pantano is a poet, literary translator, artist, editor, and critic. His individual poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies worldwide. Pantano is the author or translator of more than twenty books, and his poetry has been translated into several languages, including Albanian, Bulgarian, German, Farsi, French, Italian, Kurdish, Russian, Slovenian, and Spanish.

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 Amy Lilwall

Amy Lilwall teaches Creative Writing at the College of Arts. Amy is interested dystopian fiction and is the the author of The Biggerers, a domestic dystopia published by Point Blank in 2018. Amy has written for Lithub, the NAWE magazine and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Currently, Amy is a lead contributor to On the Hill, an award-winning podcast about the history of Falmouth cemetery.

Dr Christopher Dows 

The professional portfolio of Dr Christopher Dows includes fifteen years as a comic book writer, leading to him being published worldwide across a wide range of genres. A contributor to The Official Star Trek Magazine for more than ten years, he has also authored a YA fantasy novel, Panthea, and the second world war drama Lokomotive. Recently, Chris has been working for Games Workshop's 'Black Library Press'; in addition to over a dozen short stories and the novel Kharn: The Red Path, he now specialises in audio dramas, including the Elysia trilogy and the critically-acclaimed Titans' Bane.

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.

Dr Guy Mankowski

Dr Guy Mankowski is the author of critically acclaimed novels and the forthcoming non-fiction collection Albion's Secret History: Snapshots of England's Pop Rebels and Outsiders. He has been invited to offer expert commentary on BBC Radio, for television, in university panel discussions, and at literary arts festivals on the research subjects of his novels. He has research interests in self-design (particularly in post-punk, Riot Grrrl and Kinderwhore) and psychoanalysis and he welcomes postgraduate students in those areas.

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 Laura Gill

Dr Laura Gill's research focuses on influence and interdisciplinarity in the nineteenth century. Her current book project examines the influence of John Milton on Victorian literature and visual culture. She is developing a second book project on women, passivity and resistance in literature, painting and photography of the long nineteenth century. She has been the recipient of an AHRC doctoral scholarship (2013–16) and a Huntington Library Fellowship (2016).

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 Peter Sloane 

Dr Peter Sloane’s research is predominantly in postmodernist fictions and beyond. His first monograph, David Foster Wallace and the Body (Routledge 2019), explores Wallace's career-long fascination with embodiment. His second monograph, Kazuo Ishiguro's Gestural Poetics (Bloomsbury 2021) places Ishiguro's writing in a continuum of experimental fictions, uncovering the radical nature of his seemingly conventional prose. Peter’s current book project is titled Altruism and the Arts, exploring instances of kindness in literature, film, and theatre.

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.

Dr Renée Ward

The research focus of Dr Renée Ward is medieval representations of monsters and monstrosity, and includes a monograph project on werewolves in medieval romance. She has published widely on the medievalism of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and also co-edits The Year's Work in Medievalism, a journal associated with the International Society for the Study of Medievalism.

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 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 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 Sue Healy

Dr Sue Healy holds a PhD from the University of Lincoln in modern theatre history (specialism: the Royal Court Theatre). She serves as Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, and is an award-winning writer; and produced, broadcast and staged playwright.

Dr Jason Whittaker 

Professor Jason Whittaker's main research interests are the reception of William Blake in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as developments in digital publishing and the impact of technology on journalism. He has published widely on these subjects, as well as on magazine journalism more generally.

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.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.