Researchers working at the CCN&CT include:

Professor Janet Wilson
Director of Research, CCN&CT

Professor Janet Wilson

Janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk

Professor Janet Wilson is the CCN&CT’s Director of Research and is also Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies.

Janet’s research interests are in the literary and visual cultures of the white settler societies of New Zealand and Australia, and in diaspora and postcolonial writing more generally. She has written on New Zealand diasporic authors such as Janet Frame, Dan Davin, Fleur Adcock and Katherine Mansfield. Areas of expertise include:  transnationalism, racial and cultural hybridity, transmigration, subaltern cosmopolitanism, liminality and the diaspora novel, law, literature and diaspora, literature and fundamentalism, right wing rhetoric and critical discourse analysis.

Professor Richard Canning
Subject Leader for English & Creative Writing

Professor Richard Canning

Richard.Canning@northampton.ac.uk

Professor Richard Canning is Subject Leader in English and Creative Writing.  He has taught at Oxford University (1992-1995) and Warwick University (1993-1994)), lectured at Sheffield University for 15 years and has acted as Academic Coordinator for English at Bishops Grosseteste University (2010-2012).

Richard’s area of research is Gay and lesbian literatures written in English, especially in prose fiction. Richard is a member of the Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV; the Council for College and University English (as Head of Subject); the Modern Languages Association (US) and the American Literature Association (US).  He is also part of the Steering Committee of the James Purdy Society.

Dr Sonya Andermahr
Reader in English, Course Leader: MA Contemporary English, Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Trauma, Narrative & Performance

Dr Sonya Andermahr

Sonya.Andermahr@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Sonya Andermahr is a Reader in English, the course Leader for the MA English (Contemporary Literature) and the director of the CCN&CT’s Working Group for interdisciplinary research in trauma, narrative and performance. Her research interests are in contemporary women’s writing, especially Anglo-American literature, modern British fiction, feminist theory and pedagogy; and trauma narratives. She has published extensively on the works of Jeanette Winterson and Angela Carter. She is a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network and Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Dr Lorna Jowett
Reader in Television Studies, Director of the TV Cultures Research Group

Dr Lorna Jowett

Lorna.Jowett@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Lorna Jowett is Reader in Television Studies and director of the TV Cultures Research Group. Dr Jowett has a BA in English Literature and a PhD in American poetry from the University of Durham (UK). She is on the editorial board of Slayage: the Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and Intensities: the Journal of Cult Media and is currently coordinating the AHRC-funded Cult TV: TV Cultures Network.

Lorna has published widely on television, film and popular culture during her career and is currently completing a book examining gender in the new Doctor Who universe.

Dr Claire Allen
Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Dr Claire Allen

Claire.Allen@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Claire Allen is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing. Claire earned her PhD in contemporary London literature at the University of Northampton in 2011. Claire has published articles in Literary London and book chapters in Palgrave Macmillan edited collections. She is currently working on a monograph based on contemporary British fiction which considers new theoretical perspectives by which to approach London literature through an investigation of postmodernism, the post-postmodern, feminist and postcolonial readings of literature at and around the turn of the twenty-first century.

Dr Charles Bennett
Associate Professor in Creative Writing

Dr Charles Bennet

Charles.Bennett@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Charles Bennett is a highly-regarded, prize-winning poet whose work has been published to wide acclaim in Europe and America. Bennett was born in the North West of England and was a mature student in the 1980s at London University and the University of Massachusetts, where he was mentored by Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky. Charles explores the legacies of Romanticism and the representation of landscape, nature and place. He is the author of the poetry collections Wintergreen (2002), How to Make a Woman Out of Water (2008) and Evenlode (2013).

Dr Phillippa  Bennett
Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Dr Philippa Bennett

Phillippa.Bennett@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Phillippa Bennett is Senior Lecturer in English. Philippa’s research interests are in nineteenth-century literature and culture, particularly the life and work of William Morris. Phillippa has published a co-edited collection of essays on William Morris’s literary, aesthetic and political legacy in the twenty-first century and in 2015, she published a monograph on William Morris’s Last Romances. She is a William Morris Society Trustee and a former Honorary Secretary and Vice Chair. Dr Bennett is a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of William Morris Studies and is a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies.

Dr Dave Burnapp
Senior Lecturer in English Language

Dr Dave Burnapp

Dave.Burnapp@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Dave Burnapp has been involved in various aspects of internationalisation of Higher Education for many years. He has worked in several countries including Vanuatu, Zambia, Algeria, and China. His initial training was first as an economist (BA from the University of East Anglia), then as an EFL teacher (Masters in Education from the Open University).

His research interests focus on the cultural and philosophical adaptations of students, staff, and institutions who engage in international education.  He is the author of Getting Ahead as an International Student (McGraw-Hill), aimed at helping students to understand the requirements of UK Higher Education.

Dr Richard Chamberlain
Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Dr Richard Chamberlain

Richard.Chamberlain@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Richard Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing. Richard’s main interests are in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare studies and critical theory. In particular, his research investigates the politics of interpretation and the relationship between literature and society.

He is now working on a new book, Shakespeare’s Refusers, looking at figures who negate coercive social participation. He is also researching aspects of happiness and utopia in the Renaissance, and singularity in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Other interests are in Dylan Thomas and Welsh writing in English.

Dr Jon Mackley
Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Dr Jon Mackley

Jon.Mackley@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Jon Mackley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing. His main interests are in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval literature. He is also interested in theories and representations of the fantastic. Dr Mackley is currently exploring the relationship between medieval science and superstition, which is the subject of his current volume in progress: Nicole Oresme’s Treatise of the Sphere. This is a transcription, translation and commentary on a medieval French manuscript. He is also working on critical editions of two long-lost Gothic novels.

Dr Laurence Marriott
Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing

Dr Laurence Marriott

Laurence.Marriott@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Laurence Marriott completed his PhD in literary history at Leicester University. His research interests include late-Victorian British literature, including slum fiction and naturalism, nineteenth-century French literature, and American literature from 1890-1940. He is currently working on an article on the influence of naturalism on British proletarian fiction of the 1930s, an article on Frank Norris, and an edited collection of naturalist short stories.

Vestal McIntyre
Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing

Vestal McIntyre

Vestal.Mclntyre@northampton.ac.uk

Vestal McIntyre is the author of the story collection You Are Not the One and the novel Lake Overturn.  Both books were selected Editors’ Choice by the New York Time Book Review.  Lake Overturn was also named a Washington Post Best Book of 2009, won the Grub Street National Book Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Vestal’s stories have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, BOMB, and several anthologies. He was a frequent contributor to Open City magazine, and his story “Octo” was included in They’re At It Again: The Open City Reader. He has been awarded fellowships by the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Dr David Simmons
Senior Lecturer in English & Screen Studies

Dr David Simmons

David.Simmons@northampton.ac.uk

Dr David Simmons is Senior Lecturer in English and Screen Studies. David’s research interests lie primarily in twentieth century American popular literature and screen media. More specifically, he has undertaken research work and published in in the following areas: the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, adaptation and transmedia incarnations of Lovecraft’s work, socio-political and cultural readings of the post war US novel, the work of Kurt Vonnegut, the writing of Herbert Marcuse, the work and theory of Albert Camus, the western novel, the writing of Chuck Palahniuk, the depiction of development of the hero/anti-hero in US post-war fiction and film, American Horror Story and films of the Hammer and Amicus film studios.

Dr Mike Starr
Lecturer in Music, Media & Film

Dr Mike Starr

Mike.Starr@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Michael Starr lectures in Film and Screen Studies, English and Cultural Theory. His academic research is primarily concerned with science fiction and poststructural theory. His 2011 doctoral thesis explored the oeuvre of H.G. Wells in the light of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Current publications and research projects include book and journal chapters concerning the assemblage of self in the science fiction series Dollhouse, intertext and liminality in the meta-horror film The Cabin in the Woods, and philosophical conceptions of time travel narratives.

Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse
Associate Professor in Popular Music

Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse

Nathan.Wiseman-Trowse@northampton.ac.uk

Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse is Associate Professor in Popular Music. His monograph, Performing Class in British Popular Music explored the performative nature of class signification, and his most recent book examines the articulation of Englishness through the singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He has also written on graphic novelist, Alan Moore, the Australian musician Nick Cave and artist/writer/musician Bill Drummond. His next research project will explore the relationship between the local and the global in music practice and dissemination. He has also worked with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on an exhibition on Mod culture (July 2013).

CCN&CT PhD Students

CCN&CT currently has nineteen research students: Hanaa Ayoub, Badr Allehyani, Alba de Bejar, Meghann Hillier-Broadley, Josh Judd, Pavneet Kaur, Gareth Warrington, Jamie Callison, Louise Edensor, Jasmine Shadrack, Sarah Knor, Carlos Ruiz Brussain, Tim Whitehouse, Hanaa Jan, Meriem Lamara, Cresencia Uleme, Bochra Benaissa, Ghazala Butt, Ben Moussaelhad. In the last year we have had six completions.

Louise Edensor: Katherine Mansfield and the Construction of the self

Louise Edensor CCN&CT PhD student

ledensor@yahoo.com

Supervisors: Professor Richard Canning; Professor Janet Wilson; Dr Gerri Kimber.

Louise’s thesis explores Katherine Mansfield’s attempts to construct the self in her short stories, and her exploration of ideas about the self in her personal writing, and how this may have been influenced by philosophical, psychological and esoteric theories of the self that she was exposed to through her literary connections.

CCN&CT Visiting Fellows, Professors and PhD Students

The CCN&CT is also a hub for visiting students and academics.

Professor John Drew
Visiting Professor

Professor John Drew

John Drew is Professor of English Literature at the University of Buckingham and Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton. He directs the Leverhulme Trust funded Dickens Journals Online project, an open access online edition of Dickens’s weekly journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Publications include extensive work on the Oxford Reader’s Companion to Dickens, the co-editing of Volume 4 of the Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens’ Journalism, an edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray for Wordsworth Classics, Dickens the Journalist (Palgrave 2003), a short collection of so-called ‘blacking poems’ attributed to Dickens (The Pride of Mankind, Hedge Sparrow Press, 2006), and numerous articles on aspects of Victorian journalism.

Peter Parker
Visiting Fellow

Peter Parker

Peter Parker is the author of two books about the First World War, The Old Lie (1987) and The Last Veteran (2009), and has written biographies of J.R. Ackerley (1989) and Christopher Isherwood (2004). He edited (and wrote much of) A Reader’s Guide to the Twentieth-Century Novel (1995) and A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth Century Writers (1996). He was also an associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), with responsibility for modern literature, and is now an advisory editor. An animated film of Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip, for which he collaborated on the script, was released in 2010. His edition of G.F. Green’s 1952 novel In the Making was published as a Penguin Modern Classic in 2012, and he was a contributor to Britten’s Century (2013).

Dr Victor Ukaegbu
Visiting Professor

Dr Victor Ukaegbu

Dr Victor Ukaegbu is Principle Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Bedfordshire and Visiting Professor to the CCN&CT. He writes widely on African, Black British and Diaspora theatres, applied theatre, intercultural and postcolonial performances, performance-making, theatre and performance history and theory. Dr Ukaegbu is Associate Editor of African Performance Review (APR) and is co-Artistic Director of Jawi Theatre Collective.

CCN&CT Studentships

Scholarships for the MA Contemporary English

There are no studentships available at the moment.

Working with the CCN&CT

If you are interested in working with CCN&CT please contact: Janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk (Director of Research) or Rod.Rosenquist@northampton.ac.uk (Researcher & Research Administrator)