School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Anne Whitehead

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature



I work in the field of modern and contemporary literature, with particular interests in medical humanities, trauma and memory studies, and feminist theory. I am currently writing my next book, Relating Suicide, which is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic Press. I am also developing a collaborative, interdisciplinary project on reproductive loss.

I have been Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University since 2006. I was appointed as Lecturer in 1999. 

Roles and Responsibilities

In 2019-20, I am Deputy Head for the School of English. I am also Director of Impact.  

I am a co-organiser of the Medical Humanities Network at Newcastle University. 






Research Interests

My research focuses on modern and contemporary literature, and I have particular expertise in medical humanities, trauma and memory studies, and feminism and affect. I am currently working on a contracted book: Relating Suicide (Bloomsbury Academic Press). I am also developing a collaborative, interdisciplinary project on reproductive loss, working with colleagues in the medical sciences and with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

Recent publications include Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) and the co-edited Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Other books include Memory: New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2008), Theories of Memory: A Reader (Edinburgh University Press, 2007), W. G. Sebald: A Critical Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), and Trauma Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2004). I have also co-edited a special issue of Feminist Theory on feminism and affect (2012).  

Doctoral Supervision

I am an experienced supervisor of doctoral projects and welcome applications in any area of my expertise.

External Activities 

I am a regular national and international examiner and reviewer. I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-2020). I am a founding member of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and I sit on the steering committee. I was the project lead on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Seven Stories: The National Centre for the Children's Book, which was the recipient of the Times Higher Education Learning and Management Award for Knowledge Exchange Project of the Year, 2017.    


Undergraduate Teaching

SEL3362, English Literature Dissertation (module leader and supervisor)

SEL3364/5, Extended Essay I and II (module leader, supervisor and lecturer)

SEL2206, Contemporary Cultures (lecturer and seminar leader)

SEL1023, Transformations (module leader and lecturer)


Postgraduate Teaching

MA Research Matters: 'Affect Theory' (MA in English Literature)

Thinking Theories and Methods: 'Medical Humanities' (Doctoral Training Programme, Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


External Examining

Cardiff University (2011-2014), Bristol University (2016-20).