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Our staff

  • Head of Department
    Helen Smith
  • Deputy Head of Department
    Matthew Townend 

With over forty members of staff, we are one of the largest and most active English departments in the country.

We are also a very international department, with colleagues from Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

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Boriana Alexandrova-Isgate
Derwent College D/J/007
Tel: 01904 324569

MA (UCD Ireland 2009), PhD (York 2016)
Associate Lecturer

Boriana joined York’s Department of English & Related Literature as Associate Lecturer in Modern Studies in 2017. She specializes in 20th-21st century literary multilingualism and translation, including Irish and European modernism, global and postcolonial studies, performance, and cross-disciplinary theories of embodiment. She works across several languages, including Russian, Bulgarian, English, German, and Italian. Her work engages with a wide range of methodological approaches from disability theory and the medical humanities to feminist, queer, and cultural theory, ethics, and politics.

Nicoletta Asciuto
Derwent College D/J/218B
Tel: 01904 323341

BA (UCSC Milano), MPhil (TCD), PhD (Dunelm)

Nicoletta Asciuto joined the department at York in 2016 after an IASH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (University of Edinburgh). She completed her PhD in English Literature at Durham University in 2015 with a thesis on T. S. Eliot’s light and dark imagery in his poetry and drama and she is currently writing a book on electric light and the poetic imagination.

Derek Attridge
BA (Natal), MA, PhD (Cantab), FBA
Emeritus Professor

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
Tel: 01904 323354

David Attwell
BA (Natal), MA (Cape Town), PhD (Texas)

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.


Henry Bainton
BA (Oxon), 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.

Clare Bielby
BA (Cantab), MA (Sussex), PhD (Edinburgh)

Grimston House V/X/308
Tel: 01904 323673

Senior Lecturer

Clare Bielby joined the Centre for Women’s Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature in February 2017 having previously taught in German Studies at the University of Hull. Her research to date has focussed on political violence, terrorism and gender, and she is particularly interested in questions of subjectivity and narratives of the violent and revolutionary self.

Derwent College D/J/200
Tel: 01904 324717

John Bowen
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

S.A.J. Bradley
MA (Oxon), FSA
Emeritus Professor

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
Tel: 01904 324572  

Jonathan Brockbank
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

Trev Broughton
BA, DPhil (York)
Senior Lecturer

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
Tel: 01904 323337

Judith Buchanan
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
Tel: 01904 323360

Matthew Campbell
BA (Dublin), PhD (Cantab)

Matthew Campbell has written widely on poetry from the late eighteenth century up to the present day.  He arrived in York as Professor of Modern Literature in 2011 and he teaches Victorian, Modern and Irish literature.  Recent publications include a book about nineteenth-century poetry from and about Ireland and various articles and essays on Irish poetry and poetics.

King's Manor K/284
Tel: 01904 324975

Michele Campopiano
MA (U. di Pisa; SNS Pisa), PhD (SNS Pisa)
Senior Lecturer

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)'.

Claire Chambers
BA (Newcastle), MA, PhD (Leeds)
Senior Lecturer

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
Tel: 01904 324573

K P Clarke
MA, MPhil (Dubl), MA (Cantab), MA DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer

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.

Victoria Coulson

Derwent College D/J/202
Tel: 01904 323348

MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Senior Lecturer

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
Tel: 01904 323068

Brian Cummings
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. 



Mary Fairclough
BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (York)

King's Manor K/275B
Tel: 01904 324968

Senior Lecturer

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.


Derwent College D/J/007
Tel: 01904 324569

Alice Hall
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
Tel: 01904 323343

Hugh Haughton
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: 01865 762906

Nicholas R. Havely
MA, BPhil (Oxon)
Emeritus Professor

Nicholas R. Havely has principal research interests in English-Italian literary relations, translation and travel-writing. He has recently published two edited collections of essays on reception of Dante in the nineteenth century (2011 and 2012) and a study of Dante's British readers and public (2014).

Ben Holgate

Derwent College D/J/107
Tel: 01904 324216

BA (Tasmania), MA (Research) (Sydney), MCom (Sydney), DPhil (Oxon)
Associate Lecturer 

Ben Holgate joined the department at York in 2017 after completing a doctorate in English at the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis explores magical realism in Asia and Australasia, making dual interventions in postcolonial and world literature theory. Ben is convening the MA in Global Literature in Culture during 2017-18, as well as teaching on undergraduate courses. In the MA he will be teaching an innovative module on magical realism in Spring Term 2018.


Holly James-Maddocks
Derwent College D/J/224
Tel: 01904 323023

BA (Warwick); MA (York); MA (Toronto); PhD (York)

Holly joined the department in 2018 as Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Palaeography. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2016-2019) from the University of Birmingham, continuing a project that investigates the fifteenth-century production and circulation of manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Holly’s research interests are in late medieval English literature, book production and dissemination, in the identification of illuminators and scribes, and in book-trade organisation in England during the late medieval and early Tudor period.


Derwent College D/J/114
Tel: 01904 324571

Adam Kelly
MA (York), BA, PhD (University College Dublin)

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/021
Tel: 01904 323363

Kevin Killeen
BA, MA, PhD (London)
Senior Lecturer

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.

Alexandra Kingston-Reese

Derwent College D/J/217B
Tel: 01903 323347

BA (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), BA Hons (University of Sydney), PhD (Sydney)

Alexandra Kingston-Reese came to York in 2016 from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include contemporary Anglophone literature, critical theory, aesthetics, poetry, and visual art. She is currently writing a book on the 21st-century novel and ethico-political disturbances to aesthetic experience.


Kings Manor K/G73
Tel: 01904 324974

Emma Major
BA (Cantab), MA, PhD (York)
Senior Lecturer

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.

Michael McCluskey

Derwent College D/J/118A
Tel: 01904 323351

EdM (Harvard), MA, PhD (University College London)

Michael McCluskey joined the department in October 2016. He received his PhD in English from University College London (UCL) in 2011. From 2012-13 he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University working with metaLAB (at) Harvard, a digital humanities research centre. From 2013-16 he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at UCL. He has an MA in English from UCL and an EdM in English and Education from Harvard.

Kings Manor K/184
Tel: 01904 323920

Nicola McDonald
BA, MA (Toronto), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer

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

Jon Mee
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. In terms of individual authors, he has a special interest in Austen, Barbauld, Blake, Coleridge, Hays, Hazlitt, Keats, Wollstonecraft, and Wordsworth, among others.  Jon has also written on Charles Dickens and late twentieth century Indian writing in English.  He has a long-standing interest in radical responses to the French Revolution. His last book Print, Publicity, and Popular Radicalism in the 1790s: The Laurel of Liberty, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, looked at the everyday life of print in London's radical movement, broadsides, penny pamphlets, songs and toasts, discussing its faith in 'print magic'. Jon was recently 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 came out at the end of 2015.  He is currently working on the literary culture of the early industrial revolution.

Paul Mills
Derwent College D/L/140
Tel: 01904 324217

Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Paul will provide a free and confidential consultation service to help students improve their writing.  As well as five poetry collections from Carcanet Press and Smith Doorstop, his other publications include Writing In Action (Routledge 1996) and The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook (2005).  He has also written two verse dramas performed at  The National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.  A recent work, You Should've Seen Us, is a series of poems presented as voice-overs to accompany an edited selection of films from the Yorkshire Film Archive.   His latest pamphlet  Out of Deep Time, Wayleave Press (2016), with poems on human evolution, forms the basis of his current work in progress.  He is also an RLF Consultant Fellow.       

Derwent College D/J/127
Tel: 01904 323346

S.M.J. Minta
BA (Oxon), DPhil (Sussex)
Senior Lecturer

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.

A.D. Moody
MA (New Zealand and Oxon)
Emeritus Professor

A. David Moody is the author of 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; vol. 2 in 2014; vol. 3 in 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

Emilie Morin
Licence, Maîtrise (Université Rennes 2),
MA (University College Dublin), PhD (Queen's University Belfast)
Senior Lecturer

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)
Research Fellow

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/173A
Tel: 01904 324992

Alison O'Byrne
BA (Trinity), PhD (York)
Senior Lecturer

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

Graham Parry
MA (Cantab), PhD (Columbia), FSA
Emeritus Professor

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 Centre for Medieval Studies

Derek Pearsall
Honorary Professor

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.

contact c/o Department of English and Related Literature

Adam Phillips
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

Bryan Radley
BA (Dublin), 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
Tel: 01904 324716

Lawrence Rainey
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.

Jane Raisch
Derwent College D/J/002
Tel: 01904 323357

B.A. (University of Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)

Jane Raisch joined the department in 2017 after receiving her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. During her time at Berkeley, she was a fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. She taught courses on nostalgia, being lost, and visual representations of myth and was chair of the Townsend Center History of the Book Working Group.

Jane specializes in the literature of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and Europe and the reception of the classical world. At York, she is a member of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and is currently working on a book project that explores the influence of Greek literature on early modern fiction and the history of scholarship.

Felicity Riddy
BA (NZ), MA (Auckland), BPhil (Oxon), DUniv (York), FRSE
Emerita Professor

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.  

Hannah Roche
Derwent College D/J/117B
Tel: 01904 323389

MA (Glasgow), MA (Sussex), PhD (Leeds)

Hannah Roche joined the Department in January 2018. Her research interests include queer literature and cultural history, early twentieth-century lesbian writing, transatlantic modernism, expatriate identity, and the politics of genre. Hannah’s first monograph, The Outside Thing: Locating Lesbian Romance: 1903-1950, is forthcoming in the Gender and Culture Series at Columbia University Press in 2019.

John Roe
BA (Cantab), MA (Harvard), MA (Cantab), PhD (Harvard)
Emeritus Professor

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
Tel: 01904 323339

Richard Rowland
BA (York), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer

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/218A
Tel: 01904 323350

Deborah Russell
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 Sayer
Derwent College D/L/140
Tel: 01904 4217

Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow

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
Derwent College D/J/206
Tel: 01904 4718

AGSM, BA (London), PhD (London)
Senior Lecturer

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

Honorary Visiting Professor

Bill Sherman is Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York.  He was Director of the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies (CREMS) from its creation in 2005 to 2011, and Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly from 2001 to 2012. 

Sherman's research is driven by a love of archives and other collections, and an interest in how objects from the past (textual and otherwise) come down to us, what they pick up along the way and how they speak across periods. He has published widely on the history of books and readers, the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the interface between word and image and the relationship between knowledge and power.

Derwent College D/J/101 
Tel: 01904 323359

Freya Sierhuis
MA (UvA, Amsterdam), MPhil (Cantab), 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
Tel: 01904 323353

Helen Smith
MA (Glasgow), PhD (York)

Head of Department

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
Tel: 01904 323922

Matthew Townend
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.

Nick Treuherz
Derwent D/J/115B
Tel: 01904 323331

BA (Bristol), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Manchester)

Nick Treuherz’s main research interests lie in the European Enlightenment. He is particularly interested in the reception of ideas on materialism and radicalism. He has edited volumes in the Complete Works of Voltaire and is currently working on the critical edition of the Letters concerning the English Nation. He has previously taught at the universities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

Derwent College D/J/100
Tel: 01904 323915

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
Tel: 01904 323334

Geoffrey Wall
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

Richard Walsh
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.

contact c/o the English Department

Nicole Ward Jouve
Lic ès-L, Dip Et Sup, Agr de L'Un, Anc EI ENS de Sèvres
Emerita Professor

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

James Watt
BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)
Senior Lecturer

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.

J T Welsch
Derwent College D/J/003
Tel: 01904 324719

BMus (Berklee College of Music, Boston); MAs (Royal Holloway); PhD (Manchester)

JT Welsch joined the department in 2016 as Lecturer in English and Creative Industries, coming from York St John University, where he was a Lecturer and Head of Creative Writing. His research includes twentieth-century American poetry and the contemporary poetry industry. As a poet and scholar, his work is broadly concerned with the relationship between critical and creative practices and the ethics of aesthetic labour.

Derwent College D/J/218A
Tel: 01904 323350

Claire Westall
BA (Warwick), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Warwick)
Senior Lecturer

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.

Kings Manor K/191
Tel: 01904 33924

Chloe Wigston Smith
BA (Wellesley), MA (Courtauld Institute of Art), MA, PhD (University of Virginia)

Chloe Wigston Smith specializes in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. Her research interests include the history of the novel, gender studies, visual and material culture, women's literature, performance and the Atlantic world.

Derwent College D/J/207
Tel: 01904 323340

James Williams
MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)

James Williams’s research interests include the opera libretto in English, particularly in America; nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry; nonsense writing and its influence; poetic form and metre; and the works of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

Tel: 01904 323366

Judith Woolf
BA (Sussex), PhD (York)
Honorary Fellow

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

George Younge
BA (King's College, London), MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)

George Younge is a Lecturer in Medieval Literature. His research interests extend across the early and central Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the relationship between English, French, and Latin in the centuries either side of the Norman Conquest. Forthcoming publications include essays on the end of Old English, the Anglo-Saxon sources of the Gothic windows at Canterbury, and the impact of the Great War on Medieval Studies.


Lydia Zeldenrust
BA (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), MA (by Research) (Utrecht), PhD (Queen Mary)
Derwent College D/L/146
Tel: 01904 323309


Lydia Zeldenrust is a medievalist whose research often extends into the early modern period. She favours research that takes a transcultural approach and crosses various disciplinary boundaries. Areas of interest include comparative literature and translations, Arthurian literature, romance (especially Mélusine), animal studies, monsters and the supernatural, representations of strong women, the interplay between text and image, and transitions from manuscript to early print culture.

Part-time Tutors: Spring Term 2017/18

David Barrow

Emily Bell

Vicki Blud

Adam Bristow-Smith

Jennifer Buckley

Harriet Evans

Indrani Karmakar

Timothy Lawrence

Richard Lukey

Katherine Rich

Madelaine Schurch

Danielle Simard

Lauren Stokeld

Camilla Temple