Researchers working at the CCN&CT include:
Professor Janet Wilson
Director of Research, CCN&CT
Professor Janet Wilson is the CCN&CT’s Director of Research and is also Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies. She has a D. Phil from Oxford (St Catherine’s College); an MA in Medieval English from the University of Sydney, Australia; an MA in English from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. From 1988-1998 she taught at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She was Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford (2008-09), Associate Fellow (2009-2011), and Visiting Fellow in New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck, University of London (2011-12). As Vice-Chair of the New Zealand Studies Network (2011-14) she convened and coordinated New Zealand related research events at Birkbeck.
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.
She is Vice-Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society, co-editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and of the series, World Literature Studies (Ibidem Verlag). Two coedited volumes of essays on postcolonial topics are currently in press with Brill, and she is coediting New Zealand and World War One, a special issue of the Journal of New Zealand Literature, Asian Australian Writing, a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and the Diaspora Studies Reader (contracted to Routledge).
Professor Richard Canning
Subject Leader for English & Creative Writing
Professor Richard Canning is Subject Leader in English & 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). His area of research is Gay and lesbian literatures written in English, especially in prose fiction. Specific areas of expertise include: sexuality in global literatures and cultures, 1870-present; literary biography; life writing; sexuality and performance; sexuality and film; sexuality and memoir; sexuality and travel writing; notions of sexual deviance; inter-war European literatures and cultures; decadence; aestheticism; visual and literary symbolism; Ronald Firbank; E M Forster; Oscar Wilde; Edmund White; James Purdy and AIDS literature and culture. 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.
Richard is presently completing the first critical life of 1920s English novelist Ronald Firbank for Harvard University Press. He is contracted to write the Very Short Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Literature (Oxford University Press), and will also soon begin editing a critical volume on British Gay Male Autobiography (Cambridge University Press).
Dr Sonya Andermahr
Reader in English, Course Leader: MA Contemporary English, Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Trauma, Narrative & Performance
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 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 with particular focus on the following subject areas: horror, science fiction, the vampire; cult television; gender, sexuality and representation. She has written extensively on the TV works of Joss Whedon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as on a range of cult series such as Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Supernatural and American Horror Story. She is currently completing a book examining gender in the new Doctor Who universe.
Dr Claire Allen
Lecturer in English & Creative Writing
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 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).
Charles works in three genres: poetry, creative non-fiction and a series of commissioned lyrics and librettos in collaboration with leading choral composer Bob Chilcott. He has also been a National Trust writer-in-residence at Wicken Fen.
Dr Phillippa Bennett
Lecturer in English & Creative Writing
Dr Phillippa Bennett is Senior Lecturer in English and Admissions Tutor for 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 is publishing 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 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 has received funding for research projects from: the Higher Education Academy, the British Council ‘Connect’ programme, the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies, The Northamptonshire Learning Partnership, and the East Midlands Development Agency. 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 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. Radical Spenser: Pastoral, Politics and the New Aestheticism (2005) approached these questions by tracing the ethical and political implications of an open-ended ‘pastoral’ logic at work in Spenser’s writing. 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 Gerri Kimber
Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Gerri Kimber is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton. She earned her PhD at the University of Exeter, has an MPhil from Queen Mary University of London and a BA Hons from the University of Birmingham. Gerri’s primary research area focuses on Modernism, Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group. She is the deviser and Series Editor of the four-volume Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012-15) and is the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France (2008). She publishes prolifically on Mansfield and has just released the co-edited collection, Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe: Influences and Connections (2015). She is the founder and Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society.
Dr Jon Mackley
Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing
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 and the exploration of the relationship between medieval science and superstition. 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 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.
Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing
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. His stories have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, BOMB, and several anthologies. Vestal 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. Vestal teaches Creative Writing at levels 4 and 6. His classes combine writing workshops with discussions of key texts and seminars on technique.
Dr David Simmons
Senior Lecturer in English & Screen Studies
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, pulp fictions, 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 field of travel writing, particularly Wilfred Thesiger and Paul Bowle, the depiction of development of the hero/anti-hero in US post war fiction and film, the cult television series Heroes, South Park, Quantum Leap and Supernatural, American Horror Story and films of the Hammer and Amicus film studios.
Dr Mike Starr
Lecturer in Music, Media & Film
Dr Michael Starr lectures in Film and Screen Studies, English and Cultural Theory at the University of Northampton. His academic research is primarily concerned with science fiction and poststructural theory; to this end, 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 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
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
Dr Victor Ukaegbu
Scholarships for the MA Contemporary English
For the academic year September 2015-16, HEFCE and the University of Northampton will be jointly sponsoring 54 Masters scholarships worth £10,000 to be distributed to various subject areas, including English across the university. A separate scheme was also announced, namely that as part of the University’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the University of Northampton will be offering all current students and alumni* the opportunity to enjoy a 25% discount on Masters study.
*The 10th Anniversary Master’s study discount will only be available to students who have studied a full three years (or two Intensive) with the University of Northampton. Also, students who qualify for the PGSS do not qualify for the 25% Alumni Discount.
Working with the CCN&CT
If you are interested in working with CCN&CT please contact: Janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk (Director of Research)
Rod Rosenquist (Researcher & Research Administrator)