Claire Allen is currently a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing. Claire plays a full teaching and research role with experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across nine modules on the programme. She currently designs and delivers core modules at levels four and five as well as being a dissertation supervisor at level six.
Claire earned her PhD in contemporary London literature at the University of Northampton in 2011. Claire has previously worked at Birmingham City University as an associate lecturer specialising in both Modern British Fiction and Children's Literature as well as at the Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Northampton.
Claire's current research and teaching experience lie within the areas of Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-first century literature, Children's Fiction, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies, as well as academic writing and research skills. She currently designs and delivers core modules including Lit1028 Writing the Present and Lit2036 Eighteenth Century Literature: Satire and Sensibility as well as being a dissertation supervisor.
Claire has peer-reviewed research published by leading academic journals and publishers in her field, including an article in Literary London and chapters in edited collections published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is currently in the process of expanding and developing her research portfolio by working towards the publication of 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.
Claire is also working on a number of other projects, including an edited collection on critical approaches to and readings of eighteenth century literature with the working title Laurence Sterne & the Contemporary which involves a consideration of Sterne's literature in light of twentieth and twenty-first century theory and texts; a project on twentieth and twenty-first century punk poetry, with the working titlePunk Poetry: New Critical Engagements; and is also co-writing a chapter on Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger for an edited collection on the contemporary Horror novel. Claire's latest publications include a chapter in Reassessing the Twentieth-Century Canon which considers the postmodern techniques of Scottish author Alasdair Gray (June 2014).
- Allen, C. (2018) Round table discussion. Panel Presentation presented to: Without End: Documents of Research, The University of Northampton, 16 February 2018.
- Allen, C. (2018) Textual analysis as a document of research. Exhibit at: Without End: Documents of Research. The University of Northampton, 16 Feb 2018.
- Allen, C. (2017) Beyond. Invited Keynote presented to: The University of Northampton’s Faculty of Education and Humanities Postgraduate Research Conference 2017, The University of Northampton, 23-24 June 2017.
- Allen, C. (2016) Beginning research: the basics. Panel Presentation presented to: The University of Northampton, School of the Arts Spring Research Seminar Series, The University of Northampton, 27 April 2016.
- Allen, C. and Wallace, R. (2016) Closing remarks by the conference organisers. Other presented to: 3rd Annual Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium: The Art of Punk, The University of Northampton, 25 November 2016.
- Allen, C. (2016) Grandma Smith and Grandpa Cooper Clarke: investigating the godparents of punk poetry: Patti Smith and John Cooper Clarke. Paper presented to: 3rd Annual Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium: The Art of Punk, The University of Northampton, 25 November 2016.
- Allen, C. (2016) Winning the University of Northampton STAR Awards: discussing best practice in pastoral care. Invited Presentation presented to: Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference 2016: Dare to be Different, The University of Northampton, 17 May 2016.
- Allen, C. (2015) Millennial London literature: utilising the cultural capital of London to re-locate marginalised perspectives in the work of Bernadine Evaristo and Sarah Waters. Invited Presentation presented to: London and the Nation Conference, Birkbeck, University of London, 10-11 July 2015.
- Allen, C. (2014) Beyond Postmodernism in Alasdair Gray's Lanark. In: Allen, N. and Simmons, D. (eds.) Reassessing the Twentieth Century Canon: From Joseph Conad to Zadie Smith. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 206-220.
- Allen, C. (2014) Beyond Postmodernism in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark. Invited Presentation presented to: The University of Northampton Research Seminar Series, The University of Northampton, 17 December 2014. (Unpublished)
- Allen, C. (2010) Beyond postmodernism: London fiction at the millenium. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton.
- Allen, C. (2009) Literary representations of London at the millennium. Paper presented to: Postgraduate Conference in the Arts, The University of Northampton, September 2009. (Unpublished)
- Allen, C. (2009) Wampeters and foma? Misreading religion in Cat's Cradle and The Book of Dave. In: Simmons, D. (ed.) New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 213-226.
- Allen, C. (2008) Young protagonists in the contemporary London novel: Hanif Kureishi and Rupert Thomson. Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London. 6(2) 1744-0807.
- Allen, C. (2007) Depictions of youth in the millennial novel: considering pre- and post- millennial texts by Hanif Kureishi and Rupert Thomson. Paper presented to: New British Fiction: Innovations in Literature and Criticism, University of Leeds, 22 June 2007. (Unpublished)