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Daniel James

Research Project Title:

The Literature of Psychosis: Contemporary Fiction in the Age of Uncertainty



Dr Lars Iyer and Prof James Annesley

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Research Interests:

  • Contemporary Fiction and the 21st Century Novel
  • Postmodernism
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Theory
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Autofiction and Experimental Writing
  • Journalism
  • Literature of Psychosis
  • Crime Fiction and Mystery Narratives
  • Metaphysical Detective Fiction
  • Genre Writing and Subversion
  • Effects of Mixed-media and Digital Technology on Storytelling
  • Literary Style, Genre and Form
  • Relationship between Fact and Fiction/Reality and its Representation, in Contemporary Literature
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Brief Outline of Research Project:

My research will explore the impact of ‘psychotic’ events - post-truth politics and fake news, Brexit, COVID-19, and more - on contemporary literature. In particular how the collapsing distinction between fact and fiction, public and private, reality and its representation, is shaping the 21st century novel. This will be documented through a 'hybrid' novel, combining critical and creative elements, with autofiction, digital technologies, and online media. It is my hope that this project will contribute to ongoing debate within the academic field of Creative Writing around the role of critical work in practice-led creative writing research. 


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Academic Background:

  • MRes English Literature, Northumbria University
  • MA Creative Writing, Northumbria University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Language, Northumbria University