Dr Helen Palmer


I am a senior lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, working at the intersections of philosophy, speculative writing and critical theory. I am currently module leader of From Prospero to Potter: Reading Through Theory English Literature); Content, Form and Creativity (Creative Writing); and Radical Imaginations (Humanities Foundation degree). I also teach on Writing that Works and Introduction to Creative Writing. My research interests include the avant-garde, queer performance, critical theory, gender, the body, synaesthesia, intersectional feminism, utopias/dystopias, Afrofuturism and new materialism. I am the author of Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Queer Defamiliarisation: Writing, Mattering, Making Strange, (forthcoming 2019, Edinburgh University Press). I have poetry published in The Minnesota Review and am currently writing a feminist version of Ulysses set in Blackpool in 1999. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD, Goldsmiths University of London
  • MA, Goldsmiths University of London
  • MA, University of Glasgow

Teaching and learning

Postgraduate courses taught


Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 11.


Palmer, Helen (2017) Break. The Minnesota Review, 88, p. 131. ISSN (print) 0026-5667

Palmer, Helen (2017) Jellyfish. The Minnesota Review, 88, p. 130. ISSN (print) 0026-5667

Palmer, Helen (2017) RAWR. The Minnesota Review, 88, p. 129. ISSN (print) 0026-5667

Palmer, Helen (2017) Stein does Proteus at sunset on Blackpool Promenade. The Minnesota Review, 88, pp. 127-128. ISSN (print) 0026-5667

Palmer, Helen (2016) Rewritings/refoldings/refleshings : fictive publics and the material gesture of defamiliarization. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 30(5), pp. 507-517. ISSN (print) 1030-4312


Palmer, Helen (2020) Queer defamiliarisation: writing, mattering, making strange. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 224p. (New Materialisms) ISBN 9781474434140

Palmer, Helen (2014) Deleuze and Futurism : a manifesto for nonsense. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 280p. ISBN 9781472521897

Book Section

Palmer, Helen (2018) 'What happened next?' : Hjelmslev's net, Arachne's web and the figure of the line. In: Somers-Hall, Henry , Bell, Jeffrey A. and Williams, James, (eds.) A thousand plateaus and philosophy. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748697267

Conference or Workshop Item

Chalklin, Vikki and Palmer, Helen (2017) Bodies ad absurdum : queer clowning as method. In: Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association; 06 – 09 Jul 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Palmer, Helen and Chalkin, Vikki (2016) Beyonce and a button montage : the irreverence of queer clowning. In: PoP Moves Conference 2016 : Im/mediate Bodies : Materiality and Mediation in Popular Culture; 15 Oct 2016, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Performance/Live Event

Palmer, Helen (2017) The matter of hoping : a speculative journey. Hoping, Kingston Writers' Centre. 07 Dec 2017, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.

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