Dr Scott Freer

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Teaching Fellow in English Literature

Department: English

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1326

Email: sef17@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1607, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


Modernist Mythopoeia

My main research interest lies in literary modernism with a particular understanding of religion and myth. My secondary interests involves film, screen adaptation, modernist media and cultural theory. My monograph, Modernist Mythopoeia: The Twilight of the Gods (Palgrave 2015), examines a non-denominational sense of the sacred through the modernist poetics of myth. Chapters focus on Nietzsche, T.S. Eliot, Franz Kafka, H.D., D.H. Lawrence and Wallace Stevens. I have co-edited with Professor Michael Bell a collection of essays Religion and Myth in T.S. Eliot’s Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016), which has been singled out as a key critical source in 'the Golden Age' of T.S. Eliot scholarship. The second edition will be published in 2019. I have also published chapters and articles on Bob Dylan, Tim Burton, Rene Magritte and Powell and Pressburger. I am interested in the trans-media legacies of modernist poetry and, with Professor Michael Bell, am co-editing a volume titled The Legacies of T.S. Eliot's Poetry (contracted with Cambridge Scholarly Publishing). This will be the first published scholarly account of Eliot's influence on the visual arts, cinema, music and contemporary media (such as podcasts and video poems).

I am the editor of The Journal for the T.S. Eliot Society (UK) and on the editorial board for the International Journal for English and Culture.The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society

My interest in literature and spiritual reflection shapes my active participation in local community workshops, and with Dr Mary Ann Lund I recently delivered workshops on Eliot’s Four Quartets as well as an Epiphany Season event on Journey of the Magi for Leicester Cathedral. I have also given talks at the world’s oldest Secular Society (in Leicester) and the Sea of Faith organization. I have also delivered education outreach courses for Phoenix Arts Centre (‘The Golden Age of Soviet Cinema’ and ‘The Films of Powell & Pressburger’).

I am also senior tutor for mature students and co-lead a 'learning community' project with Dr Mary Ann Lund and Dr Mark Rawlinson. My educational trajectory is: Taylor Road School (St Matthews Estate), Beaumont Leys School, Charles Keene College (Leicester), U.E.A. (Norwich), Trinity College (Dublin), University of Leicester (M.A. in Victorian Studies and PhD in Modernist Literature).

My lifetime wish was fulfilled when I appeared as a desert island disc guest on the University of Leicester student radio station, to discuss the relation between subculture and a range of musical idioms.


  • BA, University of East Anglia
  • MA, University of Leicester
  • PhD, University of Leicester
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy



Edited books

  • With Michael Bell (ed.), Religion and Myth in T.S. Eliot's Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016)

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 'The Lives and Modernist Death of Captain Scott', Life Writing 8.3 (2011): 301-315
  • 'The Hobo as Mythic Hero in Bob Dylan’s Lyrics’, in Classical and Contemporary Identities: Construction of the Literary Imagination, eds. Amina Alyal and Paul Hardwick (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010)
  • 'Sweeney Todd: The Victorian Criminal Underworld and the Musical Carnivalesque', Neo-Victorian Studies 2.1 (2008-2009): 52-77
  • 'The Mythical Method: Eliot's The Waste Land and A Canterbury Tale (1944)', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 27.3 (2007): 357-70

Book reviews

  • Gabrielle McIntire (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land, for English Studies (September 2017)
  • Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers, Modernism: Evolution of an Idea, for English Studies (October 2016)
  • Constantin V. Ponomareff, The Time before Death: Twentieth-Century Memoirs, for English Studies (2014)
  • Kevin J. H. Dettmar (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, for English Studies (2010)
  • Mark Allan Jackson, Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie, for Folk Music Journal (2009)


My next major research project is a book, Towers of Babel: 1970s’ American Disaster Narratives (Bloomsbury 2020), which explores the genre of the disaster narrative in relation to high modernity and the apocalypticism of modernist literature, Christian eschatology and American Environmentalism.


  • EN1010: Reading English
  • EN1020: A Literary Genre: The Novel (convenor)
  • EN2360: Concepts in Criticism
  • EN3020: Romantics to Victorians
  • EN3030: Victorian to Modern
  • MA in Modern Literature and Theory
  • MA Victorian Studies
  • Senior Tutor for Joint English and History students


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