Dr Peter Ely


Peter Ely

Lecturer in English Literature

My research interests lie at the intersection of contemporary literature, continental philosophy and critical theory, with particular focus on questions of ‘community', gender and sexuality and ‘race'.  I am currently completing a monograph entitled The Politics of Community in Contemporary British Fiction. I am co-editor of Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Bloomsbury, 2022) and contributed a chapter to Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Hari Kunzru (Manchester University Press, 2022).

I currently teach the 'Being Human' Foundation module. 

Published texts

Queer Kinship in Jackie Kay's The Adoption Papers (1991), Alluvium, 2019 https://doi.org/10.7766/alluvium.v7.4.04

"Introduction" and "Beyond the Multicultural?: Queer community in Jackie Kay's Trumpet" in   Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Bloomsbury, 2022) https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/community-in-contemporary-british-fiction-9781350244023/ 

"Subjectivity at its Limits: Fugitive Community in Kunzru's Short Stories" in Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Hari Kunzru (Manchester University Press, 2022). https://www.manchesterhive.com/display/9781526155214/9781526155214.00012.xml 

Academic responsibilities



  • PhD Kingston University
  • MA Nottingham University
  • BA Nottingham University

Teaching and learning

English Literature MA : Trauma and Justice, Module Convener. 

Humanities Foundation: Humanities in Action and Being Human 

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught



(2023) I am converting my thesis into a book entitled Contemporary British Literature and the Politics of Community for Bloomsbury for publication in 2023.

(2022) I am co-editing a collection with Sara Upstone entitled Community in Contemporary Fiction for publication with Bloomsbury for publication in 2022. I co-wrote the introduction to the collection as well as writing a chapter entitled "Beyond the Multicultural: Queer Community in Jackie Kay's Trumpet". ISBN, 9781350244023.

(2022) My chapter "Subjectivity at its Limits: Fugitive Community in Kunzru's Short Stories" will come out in Hari Kunzru: Critical Perspectives ed. Sara Upstone and Kristian Shaw with Manchester University Press in 2022


(2019) My article "Queer Kinship in the work of Jackie Kay" was published in the August/September (2019) edition of the online peer-reviewed journal Alluvium. ISSN 2050-1560

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Philosophies of Community
  • Critical Theory
  • Bid Writing