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Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

Our staff

The Centre is home to many outstanding member of staff, on this page you will find information about their teaching and research interests.

Dr Devorah Baum

Devorah's interests include the return of religion, the influence of religion on contemporary literature and philosophy, the relationship between religion and violence and between religion and psychoanalysis, and Jewish literature and philosophy; as well as more generally hermeneutics, critical theory, Jacques Derrida, psychoanalysis, and post-war American literature. She welcomes applications for postgraduate study in these areas.

Dr Kevin Brazil

Ms Carole Burns

Carole is interested in aspects of narrative craft; the creative and critical in both fiction and non-fiction; and fiction that delves into other disciplines.

Dr Beth Carroll

Dr Shelley Cobb

Shelley has published articles and chapters on romantic comedies, film adaptation, Jane Campion, heritage cinema, and celebrity culture. Her interests include women filmmakers, women's films/chick flicks, gender and popular culture (esp. celebrity studies), postfeminism and feminism in the media, contemporary Hollywood cinema, film and television adaptation, and reception discourses. Her book, Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2014.

Dr Mary Hammond

Mary teaches 19th century literature and culture with a specialism in book history, and have particular research interests in the history of reading and the publication and circulation of Victorian and Edwardian popular texts. She welcomes applications for MPhil/PhD work on any aspect of Victorian and Edwardian literature, publishing history, and print culture.  Mary is also the Founder and Director of the interdisciplinary Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research, in which postgraduates play a full and active part.

Dr Alireza Fakhrkonandeh

Professor Clare Hanson

Clare's major research interest is in the relationship between literature and science. This has led to two monographs, A Cultural History of Pregnancy (2004) and most recently Eugenics, Literature and Culture in Post-war Britain (2012). You can find a BBC History Magazine podcast on the issues raised in this book at (28 Feb 2013 issue).

Dr Sarah Hayden

Professor Philip Hoare

Philip's work for the BBC includes Travels with Pevsner: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Arena: The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and Philip Hoare's Guide to Whales.  He is also co-curator of the Moby Dick Big Read, a free, online rendition of Melville's novel, with readings by Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, David Attenborough, Fiona Shaw, Simon Callow, John Waters and David Cameron, amongst others.

Dr Stephanie Jones

Stephanie welcomes applications for postgraduate study on maritime literature, and/or within the interdisciplinary field of Law and Literature.  She has particular interests in literary and legal narratives of the Indian Ocean, East African literatures, literature of the South Asian diaspora, Australian literature, and debates within/between literary theory and jurisprudence.

Dr James Jordan

James's work takes him across a number of different fields that intersect with an interest and research expertise in Holocaust studies and education, Post-war Britain, museums and public history, film and television studies, history, race and racism.

Professor Nicky Marsh

Nicky welcomes applications for postgraduate study of contemporary British or American fiction and poetry. She has particular interests in experimental or late modernist writing, gender and feminism, democracy and the public, and literary economics.

Dr Will May

Will enjoys thinking about 20th-century poetry and fiction in relation to music and art, and is currently writing a study of poetry and whimsy. Other research interests include contemporary British fiction, music and modernism, and the work of British poet and novelist Stevie Smith. He would be interested in supervising students working in any of these areas.

Professor Peter Middleton

Peter's research interests include science and literature, modern and contemporary poetry, poetry performance, ecology and climate change, critical theory, gender studies, and philosophy and literature. He has recently been writing essays on the politics of friendship in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, theories of language in recent UK poetry, historicising postwar poetry and science, the poetics of John Wilkinson, and teaching science and literature.

Professor Stephen Morton

Stephen's research interests include colonial states of emergency, Anglophone literatures from Canada and South Asia, postcolonial theory, critical theory, poetics, and politics, and visual culture.

Mr Evan Placey

Evan graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is now an established playwright.

Dr Ranka Primorac

Ranka's interests are african literatures and cultures (with emphasis on Southern Africa), world literary systems, narrative constructions of space-time, the social functioning of literary fictions, city cultures and texts, new cosmopolitanisms.

Dr Sujala Singh

Sujala's research interests include post-colonial literatures and theory, popular culture, feminism and contemporary fiction.

Ms Rebecca Smith

Rebecca teaches creative writing and is currently working on her fifth novel. She welcomes proposals for PhDs based on fiction or creative non-fiction for adults or children.

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