20th Century and Contemporary Studies PhD and MPhil Supervisors

Our work is attuned to emerging debates in postcolonial discourse and gender studies, involved in literary explorations of nationalism and transnationalism, and committed to the disinterment of forgotten genres and literary voices of the early twentieth-century. Find out more about 20th Century and Contemporary Studies at Leicester.

Dr Lucy Evans

  • Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Diasporic and transcultural writing
  • Black British and British Asian Writing
  • Crime writing and representations of crime
  • Representations of community

Mr Nicholas Everett

  • American Poetry 1850 to the present
  • British Poetry 1850 to the present
  • Contemporary Poetry - Mainstream and/or Experimental
  • Any aspect of Poetic Form, Metre, or Genre
  • Any aspect of Autobiography in English, post-1800

Dr Zalfa Feghali

  • “Ethnic” American Writing
  • Canadian Literature
  • North American Indigenous Writing
  • North American Queer Writing
  • Contemporary Reading Communities
  • Contemporary North American Language Poetry
  • Performance Art and the Theatre
  • Literature and/of/as Protest or Crisis
  • North American Border Fiction and Border Studies

Dr Corinne Fowler

  • British Black and British Asian literary cultures
  • Creative-critical and critical-creative writing
  • Regional writing and publishing
  • Rural racism
  • The postcolonial countryside
  • Travel writing

Dr Sarah Graham

  • American Novels and Short Stories of the 20th/21st Century
  • Representations of Adolescence in Written and Visual Culture
  • J. D. Salinger and his Contemporaries, including John Cheever, Shirley Jackson, Richard Yates, Carson McCullers, William Styron
  • Representations of HIV/AIDS in Written and Visual Culture
  • American Modernist Poetry
  • Graphic Novels

Professor Martin Halliwell

  • Postwar American Writing
  • American Film 1945-2000
  • 1950s and 1960s American Culture
  • American and European Modernism
  • American Intellectual History
  • Transatlantic Literature and Culture
  • The Avant-Garde
  • American Visual Culture
  • Literary Adaptations
  • Disability and Modern/Contemporary Culture
  • American Ethnicity and Race
  • American Pragmatism
  • History of American Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Dr Catherine Morley

  • Genre
  • The 'State of the Nation' Novel
  • Jewish-American Fiction
  • Fictions of New York City
  • Lost Generation Writers
  • Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations
  • American Regional Writing

Dr Emma Parker

  • Contemporary Women's Writing
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Queer Fiction
  • Masculinity
  • The 1980s
  • Joe Orton

Dr Mark Rawlinson

  • Literature and War
  • 20th Century Narrative Fiction

Professor Philip Shaw

  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Popular Music

Professor Martin Stannard

  • 20th Century British Catholic Writing - e.g., Greene, Spark, Waugh, etc.
  • 20th Century Non-Fiction
  • Modernism
  • Modern Literature and Aesthetics/Theology
  • Theory of Biography
  • Modern Scholarly Editing

Dr Victoria Stewart

  • Writing from and about the First and Second World Wars
  • Holocaust Writing
  • Mid 20th Century Novel
  • Non-Canonical Authors, the ‘Middlebrow’, and Detective Fiction

Dr Cathleen Waters

  • English Varieties and Variation in English Around the World
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Quantitative Sociolinguistics

Dr Harry Whitehead

  • Creative Writing
  • Colonial, Postcolonial, and Cross-Cultural Writing

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