Dr Anne Whitehead
Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature
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- Address: School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK.
Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. She has held the post of Senior Lecturer since 2006, and prior to this she was Earl Grey Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at Newcastle University, before being appointed to a Lecturer position.
Anne has authored books on various aspects of modern and contemporary literature, with particular interests in medical humanities, theories of affect, memory and trauma studies, and literatures of conflict. Her current monograph, due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2017, is Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction, which acts as a critical intervention into the field of the medical humanities. Her previous books include: Trauma Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) and Memory: New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2007). The Chinese translation of Trauma Fiction was published by Henan University Press in 2011, and the Japanese translation of Memory is currently in preparation, scheduled for publication with Saiyusha Publishing in 2018. Anne has also co-edited a number of books, including: W. G. Sebald: A Critical Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), Theories of Memory: A Reader (Edinburgh University Press, 2007) and, most recently, The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). She has also co-edited a special issue of Feminist Theory on feminism and the question of affect (2012) and has published articles in a range of leading international journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice, and Contemporary Literature.
Anne has refereed for a number of British and overseas research councils and academic journals and presses and has been appointed as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-2020). She has acted as external examiner for doctoral theses in the UK and abroad, and has also acted as external examiner for undergraduate programmes at Cardiff University and, currently, at Bristol University. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences and seminars in a number of countries, including Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany.
Anne acted as Postgraduate Director for the School of English from 2013-16, and held the role of Acting Academic Director for the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership in the first semester of 2015-16. She has supervised 10 PhD students to successful completion, 6 of whom have been AHRC funded. She currently supervises a further 5 PhD students, 3 of whom are funded by the AHRC.
Anne has been involved in a number of outreach and engagement activities, including two 'in conversations' with novelist Pat Barker. She is currently Principal Investigator on the first Innovate UK/ AHRC funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership to be awarded nationally in English Literature, working with partner organisation Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books to develop an adult audience for their exhibitions, focusing on the newly acquired Michael Morpurgo archive.
Anne has recently completed the following co-edited book project:
Anne Whitehead, Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (eds) The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
You can read the Introduction under the 'Resources' tab at the following link:https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-edinburgh-companion-to-the-critical-medical-humanities.html
She is currently completing a monograph, which is also contracted to Edinburgh University Press:
Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention into the Medical Humaniites (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
AHRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership (PI) - Michael Morpurgo and Children's Literature Exhibition, with Seven Stories: The National Centre for the Children's Book (2015-2016).
AHRC Research Leave Award (PI) - Memory: New Critical Idiom (2006-2007)
AHRC Research Leave Award (PI) - Trauma Fiction (2002-2003)
British Academy Small Research Grant (PI)- The Charlotte Salomon Archive (2001).
Maria Chatzianastani, 'Female Experience and War Trauma in Cypriot Children's Literature Since 1974'
Marie Stern-Peltz, 'Coming of Age and the First World War in Contemporary Fiction After 1989' (AHRC)
Bonny Brooks, 'Story, empathy and trauma: "Red in the Half Light of Winter"' (AHRC)
Emily Anderson, 'Humour in British Writing of the First World War' (AHRC)
Stephanie Butler, 'Trauma, War and Domesticity in British Women's Correspondence of the Second World War'.
I have supervised ten doctoral students to completion, six of whom have been funded by the AHRC. Recent topics include: Atrocity, culpability, and failures of witnessing in W. G. Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro; Literary and filmic representations of political torture from Algiers to Guantanamo, and Psychoanalysis, Self Identity and Affect: A Creative and Critical Exploration'.
Sheffield University; Durham University; University of St Andrews; University of Stirling; Vaasa University, Finland.
AHRC; Wellcome Trust; Leverhulme Trust; Royal Society; Newton Fellowships; Humanities and Social Sciences Research Council of Canada; the Flemish Research Council (FWO), Vlaanderen; the Research Council of KU Leuven.
Editorial Boards and Professional Memberships
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-2020)
Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Trauma and Literature.
Member of steering committee for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities
SEL3356, Madness, Medicine and Modern Literature.
SEL2206, Contemporary Cultures
Mind, Body, Affect
Thinking Theories and Methods: 'Medical Humanities'.
From 2011-2014, Anne was appointed as external examiner for the undergraduate degree programmes in English Literature at Cardiff University.
She is currently appointed as external examiner for undergraduate degree programmes in English Literature at Bristol University (2016-20).
- Whitehead A. Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. In Preparation.
- Whitehead A, Woods A, Atkinson S, Macnaughton J, Richards J, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. Submitted.
- Whitehead A, Woods A. Introduction. In: Anne Whitehead, Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. Submitted.
- Whitehead A. 'War and Beauty: The Act of Unmasking in Pat Barker's Toby's Room and Louisa Young's My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You'. In: Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton and David Fuller, ed. The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.217-234.
- Whitehead A. The Medical Humanities: A Literary Perspective. In: Victoria Bates, Alan Bleakley, and Samuel Goodman, ed. Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities. London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp.107-127.
- Whitehead A. Reading with empathy: Sindiwe Magona's Mother to Mother. Feminist Theory 2012, 13(2), 181-195.
- Pedwell C, Whitehead A, ed. Affecting Feminism: Questions of Feeling in Feminist Theory (Special issue of Feminist Theory). London: Sage, 2012.
- Pedwell C, Whitehead A. Introduction: Affecting feminism: Questions of feeling in feminist theory. Feminist Theory 2012, 13(2), 115-129.
- Whitehead A. Writing with care: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Contemporary Literature 2011, 52(1), 54-83.
- Whitehead A. Representing the Child Soldier: Trauma, Postcolonialism and Ethics in Delia Jarrett-Macauley's Moses, Citizen and Me. In: Ganteau, JM; Onega, S, ed. Ethics and Trauma in Contemporary British Fiction. Amsterdam: Rodopi BV, 2011, pp.205-234.
- Whitehead A. Trauma and Resistance in Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers. In: Crownshaw, R; Kilby, J; Rowland, A, ed. The Future of Memory. Oxford: Berghahn, 2010, pp.241-251.
- Whitehead A. Journeying through hell: Wole Soyinka, trauma, and postcolonial Nigeria. Studies in the Novel 2008, 40(1-2), 13-30.
- Whitehead A. Memory. London and New York: Routledge, 2008.
- Whitehead A. The Role of Theories of Memory in Teaching the Holocaust. In: Eaglestone R; Langford B, ed. Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp.37-47.
- Rossington M, Whitehead A, Contributing eds.: Anderson L, Chedgzoy K, Mukherjee P, Richards J, ed. Theories of Memory: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
- Whitehead A. Tony Harrison, the Gulf War and the poetry of protest. Textual Practice 2005, 19(2), 349-+.
- Whitehead A. Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy. In: Shaffer, B.W, ed. A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, pp.550-561.
- Whitehead A. Trauma fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.
- Long JJ, Whitehead A. W. G. Sebald - A Critical Companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.
- Whitehead A. The past as revenant: Trauma and haunting in Pat Barker's Another World. Critique - Studies in Contemporary Fiction 2004, 45(2), 129-146.
- Whitehead A. 'Telling Tales: Trauma and Testimony in Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments'. Discourse 2003, 25(1 & 2), 119-137.
- Whitehead A. Geoffrey Hartman and the Ethics of Place: Landscape, Memory, Trauma. European Journal of English Studies 2003, 7(3), 275-292.
- Whitehead A. A Still, Small Voice: Letter-writing, Testimony and the Project of Address in Etty Hillesum's Letters from Westerbork. Cultural Values 2001, 5(1), 79-96.
- Rossington M, Whitehead A, ed. Between the Psyche and the Polis: Refiguring History in Literature and Theory. Aldershot and Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2000.
- Whitehead Anne. Refiguring Orpheus: the possession of the past in Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters. Textual Practice, 13 227-241 1999.
- Anne Whitehead. Open to Suggestion: Hypnosis and History in Pat Barker's Regeneration. Modern Fiction Studies, 44 674-694 1998.