American Literature and Culture


American literature and culture are important areas of research in the School. The interests of the members of staff who work in this field reflect a range of specialisms and debates, including the regional, national and transnational; the politics of gender and race; militarisation and  migration; book history and archival practices; and globalisation and consumer society and lifestyle. Research is interdisciplinary in approach, with economic, visual, and material cultures as particular strengths. Colleagues whose work is principally concerned with American literature include:

In addition to these dedicated Americanists, other members of the School have substantial expertise in particular areas of American Studies, such as science fiction, detective fiction and cyberpunk (Dr Stacy Gillis), early modern Transatlantic cultures (Professor Kate Chedgzoy), early cinema and Hollywood film (Dr Andrew Shail and Professor Bruce Babbington, Emeritus), children's literature (Professor Kim Reynolds) and modern American poetry ( Professor Linda Anderson).

Staff working in this area have published several books.


The School has a very successful group of home and international postgraduate students working on American Literature and Culture, and we have been particularly successful at securing AHRC-funded scholarships in recent years. Colleagues contribute to the MA in English Literature 1500-1900 and the MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies.