Dr Catherine Morley

Associate Professor in American Literature

Director of Studies, English

Deputy Director, Centre for American Studies

Email: catherine.morley@leicester.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2638

Personal details

  • BA (Cork)
  • MA (Cork)
  • PhD (Oxford Brookes)
  • FHEA

Teaching

Administration

  • Deputy Director of the Centre for American Studies

Publications

Books

9/11: Topics in Contemporary American Literature, edited by Catherine Morley (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).

Modern American Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction: Philip Roth, John Updike and Don DeLillo (New York: Routledge, 2009; paperback edition, 2010).

American Thought and Culture in the Twenty-First Century, co-edited with Martin Halliwell, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008).

American Modernism: Cultural Transactions, co-edited with Alex Goody, (Durham: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009).

Chapters

‘Modernist Prose in the Depression Era’ in William Solomon, ed., The Cambridge Companion to American Literature of the 1930s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. tbc.

'Sensibilities of Estrangement: Delmore Schwartz, Isaac Rosenfeld and Saul Bellow' in The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction, eds. David Brauner and Axel Stahler (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), pp. 32-42.

'Ethnic American Modernisms' in The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist American Novel, ed. Joshua Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 52-67.

'Possessed by the Past: History, Memory and Nostalgia in The Human Stain' in Philip Roth: American Pastoral, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America, ed. Debra Shostak (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 80-92.

Articles

‘Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting’, Modernist Cultures (Spring 2016), pp. 118-136.

'"How Do We Write About This?" The Domestic and the Global in the Post-9/11 Novel', Journal of American Studies, 45 (Fall 2011), pp. 717-731.

Other writings include review essays for the Journal of American Studies, European Journal of American Culture, Review of English Studies, Vagant, Philip Roth Studies and Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions.

Research

I work on modern and contemporary American literature, with particular interest in

  • the epic novel
  • transnational literary exchange
  • fictional responses to the terrorist attacks of September 2001
  • American literary modernism

I have co-edited three collections of essays on contemporary American thought and culture and on transatlantic modernism, and have completed a book on modern American literature for Edinburgh University Press.

My first book, The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Literature, was published by Routledge. My next major research project is a book entitled The Ache of Modernism. It will examine the work of a series of American writers on the cusp of modernism.

In 2007, I was elected Secretary of BAAS. I am:

  • a former Assistant Director at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
  • a former editor of US Studies Online

I was:

  • a member of the BAAS (British Association for American Studies) Executive Committee from 2001-2011
  • editor of American Studies in Britain from 2004-2007

I served on the editorial board for the Journal of American Studies from 2007-2011 and I currently sit on the editorial board of

  • the Journal of American Studies
  • Philip Roth Studies
  • US Studies Online

Professional membership includes

  • the Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • BAAS
  • the Philip Roth Studies Association

Projects

I am currently working on a study of reluctant American Modernists, entitled The Ache of Modernism, as well as various essay projects on American writing of the 1930s.

I have recently completed editing a collection of essays on post-9/11 American literature for Bloomsbury.

Supervision

I would be delighted to receive enquiries and applications from postgraduate students interested in modern or contemporary American topics, and especially in the following areas:

  • genre
  • the 'state of the nation' novel
  • Jewish-American fiction
  • African-American writing
  • fictions of New York City
  • the Lost Generation writers
  • transatlantic literary and cultural relations
  • American regional writing

I have supervised postgraduate dissertations on a range of authors including

  • David Foster Wallace
  • Willa Cather
  • Gertrude Stein
  • James Joyce
  • Philip Roth
  • Don DeLillo
  • the Beats
  • William Faulkner
  • Tony Kushner
  • John Updike
  • Carson McCullers
  • Susan Glaspell

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