Science Fiction Jul12

Science Fiction

In the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms of 2014-15, I'll be teaching a new undergraduate module on Science Fiction with my Birkbeck colleague Dr Joe Brooker, as an optional module at Level 6 on our BA English programme. The module introduces students to some of the key concepts and...

The Contemporary Jun30

The Contemporary

As Director of Birkbeck's MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture, I've been teaching the programme's first core module on "Reading the Contemporary" since 2013. This course introduces students to a range of contemporary literary, cinematic, visual and theoretical...

Writing London Jun29

Writing London

In Spring 2014, I convened the second half of Birkbeck's undergraduate core module, "Writing London," which is taught in the first year of the BA English degree. The module is team-taught by several of Birkbeck's academic staff and is designed...

The Novel Jun27

The Novel

I've been convening Birkbeck's core undergraduate module "The Novel" since 2013, which is taught in the second year of the BA English degree. My lectures on this module included The Rise of the Novel, Epic and the Novel, Naturalism, Modernism, Postmodernism, The...

Time for Revolution Jun25

Time for Revolution

Since joining Birkbeck, University of London as Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature in 2013, I've been teaching the MA optional module "Time for Revolution: Reading Time in the 20th Century", which is available to students on the MA Contemporary Literature and...

New CCL Website Feb14

New CCL Website

I recently designed the new website for Birkbeck's Centre for Contemporary Literature, working closely with my colleague and Director of the Centre, Dr Joe Brooker. The Centre supports cutting-edge research into late 20th and 21st-century literature by the vibrant postgraduate and academic...

Buchi Emecheta Nov25

Buchi Emecheta

I've been invited to contribute an article to a special issue of the journal Paradoxa titled "African Science Fiction," edited by Dr Mark Bould. Having taught Buchi Emecheta's The Rape of Shavi (1984) for my 3rd year Science Fiction module recently (more module info here),...

Modernism May09

Modernism

In the Autumn semester of 2012 I'll be teaching on the University of Lincoln's core second-year module "Making it New: An Introduction to Literary Modernism." The module aims to enable students to read (and enjoy) modernist texts and to understand the differences...

Feminist Fiction Apr15

Feminist Fiction

Building on my research into British novelists Jeanette Winterson, Marina Warner, Doris Lessing, Maggie Gee and Ali Smith, in the Autumn semester of 2012 I will be contributing to the team-taught MA module on the University of Lincoln's MA in 21st Century Literature, "Women Writing...

Utopia / Dystopia

I've spent the last 6 years researching theories of utopianism and their literary counterparts so am delighted to be teaching on the University of Lincoln's MA optional module "Writing Utopia and Dystopia" this year. The module starts with Thomas More’s...

Science Fiction Mar15

Science Fiction

As part of my developing interest in science fiction and fantasy literature, I've recently written a new optional module for third-year students at the University of Lincoln. The module will give students the opportunity to analyse the genre of modern science fiction (SF) and its...

c21st Theory Feb24

c21st Theory

This year I've been teaching on the MA in 21st Century Literature at the University of Lincoln. One of our optional modues, "21st Century Literary Theory," has now been redesigned by Dr Lorna Burns and myself and will run in its new form in the Spring semester...

Narratology Feb03

Narratology

I am currently Module Convenor for the core first-year module "Introduction to Narrative" at the University of Lincoln. Structured around Seymour Chatman's excellent and accessible text, Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (1978), the module gives...

London Now Jan11

London Now

I am currently Module Convenor for the MA optional module "London Now" on the University of Lincoln's MA in 21st Century Literature. The module is team-taught, and introduces students to the many and varied ways in which contemporary writers and dramatists have constructed the...

c21st British Novel

Whilst working at the University of Surrey, I designed a third-year optional module on "The Twenty-First Century British Novel." The module offers students the opportunity to explore the British novel and its formal and thematic developments from 2000 to the present day –...

Global Literatures Jan09

Global Literatures

In 2010-2011 I was Module Convenor for the second-year core undergraduate module "Contemporary Literatures in a Global Context" at the University of Surrey. The module explored the way in which English literature is constructed within a global context, asking what it...

Genres & Canons Sep29

Genres & Canons

In 2010-2011 I taught on the core first-year undergraduate module "Genres and Contemporary Writing" at the University of Surrey.   Thumbnail image by Luis García under a CC BY-SA...

Postmodernism Feb13

Postmodernism

In 2008 I designed and taught half of the first- and second-year optional undergraduate module "Introduction to Postmodernism" at the University of Nottingham. For further information, you can view the module handbook here.   Image by Rene Passet a CC BY-NC-ND...