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Doctor Kevin Brazil

Dr Kevin Brazil

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Visual Art
  • Creative Writing

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I joined Southampton in 2016 after being awarded my DPhil in English Literature by the University of Oxford in 2015. I also have an MSt in English Literature from Oxford (2011), and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College, Dublin (2009). I was a Humboldt Fellow at the FU Berlin in 2023-24, and I am an Associate Member of the Temporal Communities Research Project at FU Berlin.

My academic research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and visual culture and I am the author of Art, History, and Postwar Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2018).

My first book of creative non-fiction, Whatever Happened to Queer Happiness? (2022), is published by Influx Press, and was long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. My short stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Frieze, The White Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. You can find out more about my creative writing at 

I supervise PhD students working on modern and contemporary literature and culture, and welcome inquiries from graduate students interested in working on any aspect of twentieth- and twenty-first century fiction, visual culture, and modernism. I also welcome inquires from creative writing students writing about queerness in any form, or who seek to blur the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and life writing.