- Head of Department
- Deputy Head
With over forty members of staff, we are one of the largest and most active English departments in the country.
Among our staff are a number from other countries, contributing to the international quality of the Department. Nine faculty members are from the USA, and other countries represented are Canada, Italy, Australia, Ireland, and South Africa.
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BA (Natal), MA, PhD (Cantab), FBA
Derek Attridge was educated in South Africa and England, and has taught in England, Scotland, France, and the U.S.A. Among his research interests are South African literature, Joyce, deconstruction and literary theory, and the performance of poetry.
Derwent College D/J/102
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Tel: 01904 323354
BA (Natal), MA (Cape Town), PhD (Texas)
Head of Department
David Attwell joined the Department in January 2006 as Professor of Modern Literature from his role as Head of English at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has published widely in the fields of anglophone African literature, South African literature, and postcolonial studies. His most well-known work is on J.M. Coetzee.
Derwent College D/L/146
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BA (Oxford), MA (York), Phd (York)
Henry Bainton's research focuses on the Latin and French literature of the High Middle Ages, and on historical writing in particular. He is especially interested in the interface between literary culture and documentary culture, and in the role of performance across a wide range of textual practices.
Derwent College D/J/200
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MA (Cantab), PhD (Birmingham)
John Bowen joined the Department in 2005 from Keele University, where he was Professor of Modern English Literature. His main research area is nineteenth-century fiction, in particular the work of Dickens, but he has also written on modern poetry and fiction, as well as essays on literary theory.
Tel: 01904 659784
MA (Oxon), FSA
After retirement from teaching Anglo-Saxon at York, Sid Bradley has continued as co-editor of the Copenhagen journal Grundtvig-Studier, published a book on the 19th-century Danish poet, historian and theologian N. F. S. Grundtvig and articles on Grundtvig’s reception of Anglo-Saxondom, and lectured on this subject, most recently in Denmark, America and Ireland.
Derwent College D/J/215A
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MA, MLitt (Cantab)
Jonathan Brockbank has worked short-term contracts for the Department since 1985, lecturing and teaching on various modules including Approaches to Literature, Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Romantics, Seventeenth Century & Victorians. His research interests include Ruskin and Morris, Cold War literature and films; Westerns and Noirs; British Writing between and during the world wars, especially Socialist and Feminist writers; traditional music and song of Britain and the USA, and Godzilla.
Derwent College D/J/215B
Tel: 01904 323356
BA, DPhil (York)
Trev Broughton joined the department from the Centre for Women's Studies. Her current research interests include Life Writing in the nineteenth century (letters, diaries, autobiography, biography), and the construction of masculinities in Victorian culture.
Derwent College D/L/147
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BA (Bristol), DPhil (Oxon)
Judith Buchanan is Professor of Film and Literature. Her research interests are currently concentrated on: Shakespearean performance histories (and presents) on stage, on screen and in other media; silent cinema amongst the other arts; the ways in which cinema and literature reflect and refract each other's mechanisms, processes and cultural charge. She regularly mounts silent film shows through her project 'Silents Now'.
Derwent College D/J/112
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BA (Dublin), PhD (Cambridge)
Matthew Campbell writes mainly about poetry from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. He taught Victorian, Modern and Irish literature at Sheffield University before coming to York in 2011. He has just finished a book about nineteenth-century poetry from and about Ireland. Current projects include a history of the last two centuries of Irish poetry, and ongoing interests in poetry and music.
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MA (U. di Pisa; SNS Pisa), PhD (SNS Pisa)
Michele Campopiano's interests include: editing of medieval Latin texts, medieval historiography and geography, cultures and literatures of medieval Italy, Franciscan cultural traditions and relationships between Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages. He is a member of the research team 'La création d'un mythe d'Alexandre le Grand dans les littératures européennes (XIe siècle - début XVIe siècle)'.
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BA (Newcastle), MA, PhD (Leeds)
Claire Chambers joined the Department in October 2012 after eight years as a lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her research and teaching interests include religion and literature; writing from South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas; multicultural textualities in Britain; and literary representations of British Muslims.
Derwent College D/J/227
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K P Clarke
MA, MPhil (Dubl), MA (Cantab), MA DPhil (Oxon)
Kenneth Clarke joined the department in 2012 as Anniversary Research Lecturer from Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was the Keith Sykes Research Fellow in Italian Studies, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Italian. Previously, he taught Old and Middle English Literature as College Lecturer at Brasenose College, Oxford. His research interests are in Chaucer and the Italian Trecento; Boccaccio; Dante; book history; word and image.
Mary ColsonDerwent College D/L/140
Tel: 01904 324217
Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow 2015-16
Mary Colson will provide a free and confidential consultation service to help students improve their writing. Mary has written over 50 non-fiction books for children on topics ranging from Einstein, secret codes and the ozone layer to Toni Morrison, sports poetry and Beyoncé. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, she has written for various publications and literary websites including The Times. She delivers creative writing workshops in schools all over the country and regularly showcases new work at festivals. She also copy edits academic journals in English and French. For her next projects, she is working on a non-fiction book for adults, a children's novel set just after WWII and a script about the slave trader John Newton and the poet William Cowper.
Victoria Coulson came to York from a Research Fellowship at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Her interests lie in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and British literature, in particular narrative representation, and in the material culture of the period.
Derwent College D/L/148
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MA, PhD (Cantab)
Brian Cummings joined the Department as Anniversary Professor in October 2012, after teaching at Cambridge and Sussex, where he co-founded the Centre for Early Modern Studies. He works on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, and also writes on the history of religion, the history of the book, modern poetry, and the philosophy of literature. He recently edited the Book of Common Prayer, and is currently writing on Shakespeare and religion.
Derwent College D/J/101
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BA (Cantab), MPhil (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
Tania Demetriou came to York in 2011 from a Research Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford. Her teaching and research interests include early modern literature and classical reception, Shakespeare, the history of reading and of scholarship, translation, and the epic.
BA (Boston), MA (Kansas), PhD (Birmingham)
Jack Donovan has been an assistant editor of the Keats-Shelley Review, is presently on the editorial committee of Romanticism; and has contributed to The Oxford Companion to English Literature and to The Oxford Bibliographical Guide to British Romanticism.
King's Manor K/275B
Tel: 01904 324968
BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (York)
Mary Fairclough joined the Department in 2012 from the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests lie in the interrelation of literary, scientific and political discourse during the period 1750-1850, in particular eighteenth-century theories of communication, print culture and the public sphere, and the science of electricity.
BA (Oberlin College), MA, PhD (Chicago)
Honorary Visiting Professor
Kevin Gilmartin joins the Department as a regular autumn term visiting professor from the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include Romantic literature, the politics of literary culture, the history of the periodical press and of print culture, and intersections between literary expression and public activism.
Derwent College D/J/007
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MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Alice Hall studied at Cambridge and worked at Paris Diderot University and La Sorbonne Nouvelle before coming to York. Her research interests are in contemporary and global literature, particularly the areas of literature and the body, cultural representations of disability, autobiographical fiction, memory, and medical humanities.
Derwent College D/J/001
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BA (Cantab), MA (Oxon)
Hugh Haughton works in the field of modernism, modern poetry and poetics; the literature of nonsense; letters and life-writing; and twentieth-century Irish literature. He is the author of The Poetry of Derek Mahon (OUP, 2007), the first full-scale study of a major contemporary Irish poet, as well as numerous essays on twentieth-century poetry.
Tel: 01904 323366
Nicholas R. Havely
MA, BPhil (Oxon)
Nicholas R. Havely has principal research interests in late medieval literature (especially Dante, Boccaccio and Chaucer) and in English-Italian literary relations. He has recently published two edited collections of essays on reception of Dante in the nineteenth century (2011 and 2012) and is currently completing a study of Dante's British Public, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present (forthcoming 2014).
Adam Kelly came to York in 2013 after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include American literature, contemporary fiction and film, literary theory, and the history of ideas. He is currently writing a book on the aesthetics and politics of sincerity in twenty-first-century American fiction.
Derwent College D/J/126
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BA, MA, PhD (London)
Kevin Killeen received his PhD from Birkbeck, University of London and, before coming to York, lectured at Birkbeck, the University of Reading and the University of Leeds. He has research interests in early modern science, the seventeenth century Bible and its political uses, and in early modern poetry. He is the organiser of the Thomas Browne Seminar.
Kings Manor K/G73
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BA (Cantab), MA, PhD (York)
Emma Major studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, before doing an MA and PhD at the Department of English and Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York. She has research interests in debates about religion, patriotism and gender 1740-1860.
Derwent College D/J/217B
Tel: 01904 323347 email@example.com part-time
BA, MA (Oxon), PhD (Bristol)
Charles Martindale joined the Department in September 2013, part-time, having previously worked at the universities of Sussex and Bristol (where he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts). He has published widely on Latin poetry, and is best known for his work on reception and on English/Latin literary relations. He is one of the general editors of the Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, one volume out and four to follow.
Kings Manor K/184
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BA, MA (Toronto), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Nicola McDonald has research interests ranging from cannibalism to confessional discourse, from women's literacy to the post-modern middle ages. Her current research encompasses the cultural audacity of Middle English popular romance, and mulier ludens, seeking to inject some levity into our understanding of the complexity of medieval women's lives by studying the text-based social games that women played.
Kings Manor K/G74
Tel: 01904 324986
MA, PhD (Cantab)
Jon Mee came to York from Warwick after a post as Professor of Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. He works across the eighteenth-century and Romantic periods, with a special interest in Austen, Barbauld, Blake, Coleridge, Hays, Hazlitt, Keats, Wollstonecraft, and Wordsworth, among others. Jon also teaches and writes on Charles Dickens. He has a long-standing interest in radical responses to the French Revolution and has just finished a book called Print, Publicity, and Popular Radicalism in the 1790s: The Laurel of Liberty, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Jon is currently PI on a project called 'Networks of Improvement' that looks at the roles of clubs and societies in the creation of literary culture and the wider circulation of knowledge in the period 1760-1840. A special issue of the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies related to the project will appear at the end of 2015. He is Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Derwent College D/J/127
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BA (Oxon), DPhil (Sussex)
S.M.J. Minta originally specialized in French literature of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with particular reference to the development of lyric poetry in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, and is currently working on a political biography of Byron, and has recently published a number of articles and essays on Byron and Greek politics.
Tel: 01904 323366
MA (New Zealand and Oxon)
A. David Moody is currently completing a 3-volume critical biography of Ezra Pound, Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man & His Work (Oxford University Press). Vol. 1 was published in 2007 and vol. 2 in 2014; vol. 3 wil be published in autumn 2015.
Kings Manor K/107
Tel: 01904 323909
Linne R. Mooney
MA, PhD (Toronto), FSA
Linne R. Mooney is our Professor of Medieval English Palaeography, and active in both the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Medieval Studies, based at King's Manor. Her research focuses on the dissemination of late medieval English literature in manuscript and early print.
Derwent College D/J/006
Tel: 01904 324219
Licence, Maîtrise (Université Rennes 2),
MA (University College Dublin), PhD (Queen's University Belfast)
Emilie Morin has research interests in modern and contemporary drama, twentieth-century British and Irish literature, European modernism and the historical avant-garde.
Derwent College D/J/115B
Tel: 01904 323331
Riona Nic Congail
BA, PhD (University College Dublin)
Ríona Nic Congáil is an Irish Research Council Marie Curie ELEVATE Research Fellow. Her three-year fellowship is held between the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, and the Irish Department at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (Dublin City University). Her research project is entitled ‘Nation, Migration and Empire: Irish Childhood in Britain, 1841-1921’. Her broader interests include the Irish language, Irish women’s writing in Irish and English, and children’s studies.
Kings Manor K/173C
Tel: 01904 324992
BA (Trinity), PhD (York)
Alison O'Byrne has research interests in the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on debates about and representations of the city. She has written articles on the building and representation of Westminster Bridge and on pedestrianism in early nineteenth-century London. She is currently completing a book provisionally titled The Art of Walking in London: Representing the Eighteenth-Century City.
Tel: 01904 323366
MA (Cantab), PhD (Columbia), FSA
Graham Parry has written a number of books about the cultural history of the seventeenth century, and in recent years turned to the study of the antiquaries of early modern England. He also has strong interests in Victorian cultural life, and is active in Ruskin’s Guild of St George, the Pugin Society, and the Sydney Smith Association. In addition, he is much involved in the activities of the York Bibliographical Society.
contact c/o the Centre for Medieval Studies
Derek Pearsall is one of the founders of York's Centre for Medieval Studies and a Professor here until 1986. He has returned to York since his retirement as Gurney Professor of English at Harvard University in the USA. He is actively involved with research seminars and visiting lectures at the Centre for Medieval Studies, and informally consults with students about their work in Middle English literature and manuscript studies.
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Honorary Visiting Professor
Adam Phillips is an author and a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. He is the author of twelve highly praised books on literature, history, philosophy, child psychology, biography and psychoanalysis. Adam makes three visits a year, during which he gives lectures and participates in seminars, and is available for individual consultation.
Derwent College D/L/141
Tel: 01904 323355
BA (Dubl), MA, PhD (York)
Bryan Radley’s current work is on cultural identity, genre, and place-making in contemporary Irish-American fiction. Other research interests include theories of comedy and twentieth- and twenty-first century Irish literature, in particular the novels of John Banville.
Derwent College D/J/222
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BA (Valparaiso), MA, PhD (Chicago)
Lawrence Rainey has written extensively on the classic works of Anglo-American modernism, including monographs on Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. He is currently at work on a cultural history of the typist, secretary, or stenographer as depicted in film and fiction from 1890 to 1940, a study that examines nearly three hundred films and novels.
BA (NZ), MA (Auckland), BPhil (Oxon), DUniv (York), FRSE
Felicity Riddy has published extensively on a wide range of subjects relating to the literature and culture of England and Scotland in the later Middle Ages.
Tel: 01904 631484
BA (Cantab), MA (Harvard), MA (Cantab), PhD (Harvard)
John Roe's main research areas are Shakespeare, and English and Italian Renaissance literature. His publications include The Poems of Shakespeare (an edition) and Shakespeare and Machiavelli. He has a keen interest in modern American poetry and has also contributed 'John Berryman' to the Continuuum 'Great Shakespeareans' series. An abiding passion is the work of the novelist Anthony Powell, and he is a trustee of the Anthony Powell Society. Following his retirement from York he has taught in Germany at the University of the Saarland.
Derwent College D/J/223
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BA (York), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Richard Rowland joined the department in 2001, after teaching for more than a decade at the University of Oxford. He has edited plays by Marlowe, Chapman and Jonson, and also works on the reception and reinvention of ancient drama.
Derwent College D/J/113
Tel: 01904 323351
BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (York)
Deborah Russell came to York from a lectureship at Queen's University Belfast. Her research interests focus on Gothic fiction, with a particular emphasis on women's writing and discourses of national identity. She also works on Romantic-era theatre, looking at melodrama, spectacle, and the politics of adaptation.
Paul SayerDerwent College D/L/140
Tel: 01904 4217
Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow 2015-16
Paul will provide a free and confidential consultation service to help students improve their writing. He is the author of eight novels and has also written for The Sunday Times and other publications. He has been a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and was the RLF Fellow at Leeds University, specialising in human geography and environmental studies. He has a particular interest in all nursing and health sciences but is open to writing enquiries on most subjects.
Erica Sheen teaches and researches in the Renaissance and in cinema, especially American and European cinemas in the Cold War. After a first career as an orchestral musician, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College Oxford, and subsequently taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Sheffield. Her current project is provisionally titled Cold War Shakespeare.
Bill Sherman is Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York. He would be happy to hear from students, colleagues and potential collaborators about any matters of mutual interest.
Derwent College D/J/002
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MA (UvA, Amsterdam), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (European University Institute, Florence)
Freya Sierhuis joined the department in 2013 as Anniversary Research Lecturer from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where she was Exzellenzinitiative Research Fellow at the Department of Anglistik und Amerikanistik and Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies. Her research interests include early modern English and Dutch literature; literature and religion; intellectual history 1500-1700; the emotions in early modern culture; the work of Fulke Greville.
Derwent College D/J/123
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MA (Glasgow), PhD (York)
Helen Smith has published widely on material texts, women and print culture, and embodiment. Her research interests are in textual cultures and the history of the book, conversion narratives, early modern women, matter, and things. She is currently writing a book which brings together early modern and modern theories of matter and objects to trace an enduring history of vitalism.
Kings Manor K/186
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MA, DPhil (Oxon)
Matthew Townend’s research interests are in the language, literature, and history of Viking Age England; Old Norse poetry; and late Anglo-Saxon literary culture. He is also interested in Anglo-Saxon and Norse medievalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the relationship between philology and literature.
Derwent College D/J/100
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Elizabeth M. Tyler
BA (Yale), MPhil (Glasgow), DPhil (Oxon)
Elizabeth Tyler is Professor of Medieval Literature. Her research and teaching focuses on the literary culture of England from the 9th to the 12th century: that is from the time of Alfred the Great to the time of William of Malmesbury and Geoffrey of Monmouth. Situated at the intersection of literary study with intellectual, social and political history, her work stresses the international nature of English literature and draws attention to the key role England plays in the flourishing of European literary culture across the early and high Middle Ages.
Derwent College D/J/122
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BA (Sussex), BPhil (Oxon)
Geoffrey Wall is a literary biographer. His current project, for OUP, is a biography of George Sand, the major woman writer of French Romanticism. He also has a strong interest in oral history and is working on a compilation of life-history interviews with political activists.
Derwent College D/J/106
Tel: 01904 323338
BA (Leeds), PhD (Cantab)
Richard Walsh came to York from Cambridge in 1995; he has research interests in narrative theory, 20th-century American literature, innovative fiction, early cinema, narratives in new and interactive media, and complexity. He is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies.
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Nicola Ward Jouve
Lic ès-L, Dip Et Sup, Agr de L'Un, Anc EI ENS de Sèvres
Nicole Ward Jouve is Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of York, has published fiction and essays in English and French, and has research interests in psychoanalysis, spirituality and self-development, and writing family memoirs as well as fiction.
Kings Manor K/173B
Tel: 01904 324978
BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)
James Watt arrived at York after two years of a post-doctoral research fellowship at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has written a number of essays and articles that deal with eighteenth century and Romantic-period orientalism, and which feed into his current book project, provisionally titled British Orientalisms, 1759-1835.
Derwent College D/J/218A
Tel: 01904 323350
BA (Warwick), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Warwick)
Claire Westall previously taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University. Her research interests include: postcolonial literature and theory, particularly questions of the nation and national identities; postcolonial rethinking of Englishness, Britishness and the legacies of empire; and the economic, cultural and literary consequences of globalisation.
Derwent College D/J/207
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MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
James Williams came to York in 2012 from Oxford, where he held lectureships at Brasenose College and Jesus College. His research interests include Victorian and Modernist poetry; Victorian nonsense writing and its influence; poetic form and metre; and the works of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.
Tel: 01904 323366
BA (Sussex), PhD (York)
Judith Woolf's main academic research areas are twentieth century Italian-Jewish writers, especially Primo Levi and Natalia Ginzburg; life writing, especially in relation to the Holocaust; the relationship between photography and Victorian and Edwardian fiction; and narrative patterns in European literature.
King's Manor K/275D
Tel: 01904 323913 firstname.lastname@example.org George Younge