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Drama and English BA(Hons): Who teaches this course

About the faculty and staff

Our English Literature teaching staff are internationally recognised researchers, and all the teaching on the course is informed by the most up-to-date research.

The drama staff are leading industry professionals and academics. They also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Staff teaching on this course

Professor Tina Chanter

Title: Professor of philosophy and gender

Research interests

  • Politics and aesthetics
  • The reception of Antigone
  • Recent and contemporary French Philosophy, especially Ranciere, Irigaray, Kofman and Kristeva

Key publications

  • The Picture of Abjection
  • Whose Antigone? The Tragic Marginalization of Slavery
  • Ethics of Eros: Irigaray's Reading of the Philosophers

Dr Selene Scarsi

Title: Senior lecturer in English Literature

Specialist subjects

  • Gender and translation in late medieval and early modern European literature and culture.

Recent publications

  • Translating Women in Early Modern England: Gender in the Elizabethan Versions of Boiardo, Ariosto and Tasso (Ashgate, 2010)

Dr Martin Dines

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • 20-century British and American literature
  • Suburbia, fiction and culture
  • Gay and lesbian studies

Recent publications

  • New Suburban Stories, ed. with Timotheus Vermeulen (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • Gay Suburban Narratives in American Literature and Culture: Homecoming Queens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Dr David Linton

David has worked as a professional actor/practitioner for over twenty-five years with numerous commercial theatres, arts organisations and television companies including the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Northampton Playhouse, BBC, Granada, Tiger Aspect and London Weekend Television.


Professor Trish Reid

Trish teaches theatre history and performance in culture. She has worked for a number of years as a musician and actor before entering higher education as a mature student. Trish is particularly interested in how identities, especially national and gender identities, are constituted through performance.


Dr Alex McSweeney


Dr Matthew Birchwood

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • Early modern literature
  • Drama and polemic
  • English engagement with Islam in the period

Key publications

  • Staging Islam: Drama and Culture 1640–1685 (Boydell & Brewer, 2007)
  • Cultural Encounters Between East and West: 14531699, ed. with Matthew Dimmock (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005)

Professor Fred Botting

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • The Gothic
  • Critical theory
  • Contemporary fiction

Key publications

  • Gothic Romanced: Consumption, Gender and Technology in Contemporary Fictions (Routledge, 2008)
  • Limits of Horror: Technologies, Bodies, Gothic (Manchester University Press, 2008)

Professor Norma Clarke

Professor Norma ClarkeProfessor Norma Clarke is a literary historian, critic and biographer with particular interests in the 18th century. She has published a number of books on women writers: Ambitious Heights, Dr Johnson's Women, The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters and Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington. Her latest book, a study of obscure writers in Grub Street and the beginnings of commercial literary culture, will appear in Spring 2016: Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith and Friends (Harvard University Press).

Professor Clarke also specialises in fiction. She has published five novels for children (Patrick in Person, Patrick and the Rotten Roman Rubbish, Theo's Time, Trouble on the Day, and The Doctor's Daughter) and teaches children's and young adult fiction on the English literature undergraduate programme.


Dr Meg Jensen

Meg Jensen

 

 

 

 

Title: Associate professor

Specialist subjects

  • Life writing
  • Trauma fiction and the autobiographical
  • Modernist fiction,
  • 19th and 20th century women writers

Recent publications

  • We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)
  • Life Writing: Spirit of the Age and State of the Art (ed. with Jane Jordan; Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

Dr Jane Jordan

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • Victorian popular fiction and culture
  • Literary censorship of British fiction
  • Child prostitution

Key publications

  • Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture (ed. with Andrew King; Ashgate, 2014)
  • Life Writing: Spirit of the Age and State of the Art (ed. with Meg Jensen; Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

Professor Patricia Phillippy

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • 16th- and early 17th-century comparative literary and cultural studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Creative writing (poetry)

Key publications

  • Painting Women: Cosmetics, Canvases and Early Modern Culture (John Hopkins University Press, 2006)
  • Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 
  • The Writings of an English Sappho, by Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (ed.; Iter, 2011)

Dr Helen Palmer

Title: Lecturer in English

Specialist subjects

  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Queer theory and new materialist feminisms
  • Modernism and the avant-garde

Recent publications

  • Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Winsome Pinnock

Winsome PinnockWinsome Pinnock has been teaching and writing for the last 20 years. Her award-winning plays include The Wind of Change (Half Moon Theatre, 1987), Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Studio and National Theatre, 1988), Picture Palace (commissioned by the Women's Theatre Group, 1988), A Hero's Welcome (Women's Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1989), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Young People's Theatre at the Theatre Upstairs, 1989); Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1991), Mules (Clean Break Theatre Company, 1996) and One Under (Tricycle Theatre, 2005) and other work has been produced by BBC Radio and Television, The Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Clean Break Theatre, and The Royal National Theatre. Awards include the George Devine Award, The Pearson Plays on Stage Award and the Unity Theatre Trust Award. She was runner up for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and has been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award.

She is interested in immigrant literature, postcolonial literature, women's writing and contemporary theatre.


Dr Andrew Teverson

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Contemporary British literature
  • Folk-narrative and fairy tale studies

Key publications

  • Fairy Tale, The New Critical Idiom (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Salman Rushdie, Contemporary World Writers (Manchester University Press, 2007)
  • The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Laing (ed. with Alexandra Warwick and Leigh Wilson; Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

Dr Sara Upstone

Title: Associate professor

Specialist subjects:

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Black British and British Asian writing
  • Literary theory
  • Spatial politics

Recent publications:

  • British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices (Manchester University Press, 2010)
  • Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel (Palgrave, 2009)

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