Welcome our new Fellows

Posted by rsl11 at Nov 26, 2020 01:00 PM |
Meet the Fellows who have joined our community this past year

At yesterday's Awards Ceremony, the EA's President, Professor Martin Halliwell, formally welcomed these new Fellows:

Fellows of the English Association

Prof Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy is an expert in twenty-first century literature. She has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.

Anshuman A. Mondal is Professor of Modern Literature and Director of Research in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and previously taught at Brunel University London and the University of Leicester. He also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholar at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since 2014, he has been Chair of the Postcolonial Studies Association, and has served on the QAA Subject Benchmark panel, and is on the English Association’s Higher Education Committee and its Anti-Racism Working Group. In 2020, along with colleagues from the English Association, University English, and the Institute of English Studies, he established the ‘Decolonising the Discipline’ project. He is also on the REF2021 sub-panel 27 for English Language and Literature.

Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing and the Strategic Lead for Digital Education at Birkbeck, University of London and Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University. Martin is the author or editor of seven books and his work is centred on the intersection of contemporary digital technologies and literary studies. Perhaps best known for his work on open access to higher education research, Martin is a recipient of the KU Leuven Medal of Honour in the Humanities and Social Sciences and a winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Professor Ruth Livesey. I joined the department in 2002 from a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Birkbeck College. I studied for a BA in English at Oxford and then moved into Women's Studies at Warwick University for Masters and Ph.D. degrees. I continue to enjoy research and teaching that is grounded in the close study of texts but which reaches out to larger political and social questions.

Dr Carrie Etter American expatriate Carrie Etter has published four collections of poetry, including Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She also edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010) and Linda Lamus's posthumous collection, A Crater the Size of Calcutta (Mulfran, 2015). Individual poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, and the TLS. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Professor Sarah Churchwell Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Professor Redell Olsen Redell Olsen is a poet and writer who often works with film and performance. She is interested in the emerging critical space between academic and creative practice, innovative and interdisciplinary writing. Her past film and performance projects include: ‘Newe Booke of Copies’ (2009), ‘Bucolic Picnic (or Toile de Jouy Camouflage)’ (2009) and the collaboratively realised ‘The Lost Swimming Pool' (2010). These texts were published as Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014). Her scholarly articles include essays and conference papers on sound and poetics, the painter Grace Hartigan and Frank O'Hara, Susan Howe, feminism and poetry and film. Her poetry publications include: 'Film Poems' (Les Figues, 2014), 'Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel' (subpress, 2012), ‘Book of the Fur’ (Rempress, 2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004) and the collaboratively edited (with Susan Johanknect) ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn Press, 2004). From 2006 - 2010 she was the editor of How2 the online journal for modernist and contemporary poetry, poetics and criticism by women and in 2013-14 she was the Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Poetry at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Simon Horobin Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College. He has written extensively on the history, structure and uses of the English language, as well as on the manuscripts of Middle English literary texts. Volume 1 of his edition of Osbern Bokenham's Lives of the Saints was published for the Early English Text Society by Oxford University Press in August 2020.

Professor Simon James Simon J. James is Professor of Victorian Studies at the Department of English Studies, Durham University, where he has worked for over twenty years. He has published research on H. G. Wells, George Gissing and Charles Dickens, and is currently undertaking editorial projects on Evelyn Waugh and Arthur Conan Doyle. He was the Principal Investigator for the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education, in partnership with Arts Council England.

Dr  Alex Thomson Dr Alex Thomson is currently Head of English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is a scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century literature and thought, specialising in Scottish literature, in modernism and in Critical and Cultural Theory. Since 2015 he has been Chair of the Press Committee, and a Trustee, of Edinburgh University Press. He has been Chair of University English since 2017, and has worked closely with the English Association and other organisations on matters affecting the subject.

Professor  Elspeth Graham Elspeth Graham teaches early-modern and contemporary literature and cultural history. Her main research interests are: seventeenth century nonconformity; early-modern women's writing; autobiography; the critical medical humanities; early-modern human/non-human animal relationships; and early-modern cultures of playing. Her concerns in all of these areas are often informed by phenomenology and affect theory; cultural and art history; the medical and theoretical sciences; or philosophy (especially ethics) and are focussed through questions about: the meaning of the human; the dissociation and re-association of sensibility between the arts, humanities and sciences; and connectivity or the inbetween.

Jonathan Davidson Jonathan Davidson is a poet, writer and literature activist. He lives in the English Midlands but works internationally. His poetry has been widely published and he has also written memoir and criticism. His radio dramas and adaptations have been broadcast by BBC Radios 3 and 4. Much of his work is focussed on how writing – especially poetry – is experienced by readers and listeners. He is Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands and Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education. www.jonathandavidson.net

Professor Robert Thornton Robert Kelsey Thornton held the chairs of English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and at Birmingham University. He has published widely on the poetry of the 1890s, edited Nicholas Hilliard and written about and edited the works of Hopkins, John Clare, the Decadents, Ivor Gurney, Ernest Dowson, F W Harvey, W W Gibson and Joseph Skipsey. He has edited the journals of the John Clare Society (1990-96) and the Ivor Gurney Society since 1990. He is also a poet himself and a fine artist.

Professor Nandini Das Nandini Das is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Oxford, and fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. She works on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with special emphasis on travel and cross-cultural encounters in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She has written Robert Greene’s Planetomachia (2007), Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620 (2011), and her numerous essays on cross-cultural encounter includes a pioneering essay on Thomas Roe and his wager with Jahangir, in A Companion to the Global Renaissance (Blackwell, 2009). With Tim Youngs, she has co-edited The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (2019), which covers global Anglophone and non-Anglophone travel writing from antiquity to the internet. She is volume editor of Elizabethan Levant Trade and South Asia in the forthcoming edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, to be published by Oxford University Press, and project director for the ‘Travel, Transculturality and Identity in Early Modern England’ (TIDE) project, funded by the European Research Council. A BBC New Generation Thinker, she regularly presents television and radio programmes.

Honorary Fellows of the English Association

Professor Bernardine Evaristo Professor Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019, the world's most prestigious prize for the novel, for her book Girl, Woman, Other. It also won the British Book Award for Best Fiction and she was their Author of the Year. The novel won the Indie Book Award and it was nominated for many other prizes. It was a Barack Obama 'Top 19 Book for 2019' and it made over 20 Book of the Year selections including for the New Yorker, Washington Post and the Financial Times. It was a Sunday Times 'Book of the Decade' and a Guardian 'Book That Defined the Decade'. The novel was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks, staying in the Top 10 for over 40 weeks. She made The Vogue 25 list of Britain's most influential women for 2020 and was voted one of 100 Great Black Britons. The novel has sold into 34 languages.

Professor Susheila Nasta Susheila Nasta MBE is Founder of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing she launched in 1984 and led as Editor till 2019. A literary activist, writer and presenter, she is Professor of Contemporary and Modern Literatures at Queen Mary and Professor Emerita at the OU. She has judged a number of national and international prizes and published widely on black, Asian and contemporary writing. Books include: Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain (2002), Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk (2004), India in Britain (2012) Asian Britain: A Photographic History (2013), Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now (2019) and the Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing (2020). She is currently writing a biography of The Bloomsbury Indians. She received an MBE in 2011 for her services to black and Asian literatures and the 2019 Benson Medal with an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Literature for a lifetime’s achievement.

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