Staff profiles


Professor Gabriella Giannachi

Professor Gabriella Giannachi is Director of the University-supported Centre for Intermedia and Creative Technology and her current research interests are: art and technology; exhibition, documentation, archiving and replay; mixed and virtual reality; presence; environmental and ecological performance; and art in the San Francisco Bay area.

Professor Tim Kendall

Professor Tim Kendall has written mainly on twentieth-century poetry from Britain, Ireland and America. His most recent publications have focused on war poetry: Modern English War Poetry (2006); and The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (2007). Previous projects include studies of Sylvia Plath and Paul Muldoon. Currently he is working on a study of the American poet Robert Frost, a book on war poetry for OUP's Very Short Introductions series, an anthology of First World War poetry and (with Philip Lancaster) Ivor Gurney's Complete Poems.

Professor Helen Taylor

Professor Helen Taylor has published widely on American southern literature and culture, and is also known for feminist critical articles and editions, as well as engagement with radical pedagogy. Her books include Scarlett's Women: Gone With the Wind and its Female Fans (1989), and Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens (2001). Her current research project focuses on the transatlantic historical and cultural significance of the Storyville District of New Orleans, 1897-1917.

Dr Jo Gill

Dr Jo Gill's research focuses on confessional and life-writing, mid-twentieth century American poetry, and the literature and culture of the American suburbs. Her recent books include edited collections on Modern Confessional Writing (2006) and Sylvia Plath (The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath). She is the author of Anne Sexton's Confessional Poetics (2007); Women's Poetry (2007) and The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (2008). She is currently completing work on a new book, The Poetics of the American Suburbs.

Dr Jason Hall

Dr Jason Hall's research focuses on the literary and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on poetry and 'historical prosody'. His books include Seamus Heaney's Rhythmic Contract (2009), a co-edited 2007 collection Seamus Heaney: Poet, Critic, Translator and the forthcoming Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century (2011).

Dr Sinéad Moynihan

Dr Sinéad Moynihan's areas are Twentieth-century American literature; African American and Ethnic American literature; Contemporary American fiction, 1990s to present; Contemporary Irish fiction, 1990s to present; Race, Racial Passing, Whiteness Studies and the Black Atlantic; and Transnationalism and Diaspora; Irish/American Transatlantic Culture. Forthcoming publication: "Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Culture (2013).

Dr Alex Murray

Dr Alex Murray co-edited The Modernism Handbook (2009) and is currently researching Evelyn Waugh. He has recently published a study of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben (2010) as well as co-editing The Agamben Dictionary (2011). His interest in Agamben is the result of a broader concern with linguistics, philosophy and critical theory. He has written extensively on contemporary London fiction. 

Dr Vike Martina Plock

Dr Vike Martina Plock has published widely on James Joyce and specifically on Joyce's lifelong interest in medicine and science. Her monograph on the subject is Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity (2010). Vike is curently researching the centrality of fashion as a cultural force and discourse in the works of early twentieth-century women novelists. Vike has also developed an interest in middlebrow literature and its contentious relationship with literary modernism.

Dr Jane Poyner

Dr Jane Poyner's areas are South African literature of the apartheid and post-apartheid eras; South African intellectual history; the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission; postcolonial literature and theory, particularly the politics of writing and intellectual history; literary, critical and cultural theory; and modernism. Jane Poyner's long-term research project is a book titled Writing Under Pressure: the Ethics of Intellectual Practice in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Dr Paul Williams

Dr Paul Williams's research focused on Cold War texts and examined the interplay of gender and race in Hollywood's depiction of the Vietnam War. This work grew to asses the possible postcolonial future of Nuclear Criticism. He is interested in the growing academic study of comics and graphic novels. His published research includes the co-edited collection The Rise of the American Comics Artist (2010).

Teaching fellows

Dr Siân Harris

Dr Siân Harris’s doctoral research engaged in conceptualising the genre of the 20th Century Canadian female Künstlerroman, and in exploring how this genre is deployed in the fictions of L.M. Montgomery, Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence. She is currently editing this material for monograph publication.

Dr Matthew Hayler

Dr Matthew Hayler's areas are Digital Humanities; Critical Theory; Cognitive and Neuropsychology (particularly of how we read and how we interact with objects in general); 20th and 21st century fiction and poetry; Phenomenology; Science and Technology Studies; Evolutionary Epistemology (particularly embodied knowledge or organisms and artefacts); and Object Oriented Ontology.


Professor Stephen Neale

Professor Stephen Neale is principally interested in the history and theory of Hollywood cinema. He is the author of Genre, Film and Technology and Genre and Hollywood, and is the editor of Genre and Contemporary Hollywood. He has recently published on the contribution made by Hollywood blacklistees to television in the 1950s and 1960s. He is co-writing a history of Hollywood blockbusters from the 1910s to the present day.

Dr Helen Hanson

Dr Helen Hanson's monograph Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film (2007) analyses female investigators and gothic heroines in Hollywood cinema from the 1940s to the present. The book incorporates industry and generic histories, theories of narrative, agency and identification to offer fresh perspectives on gender and genre.

Joe Kember

Joe Kember's research addresses the development of popular and visual entertainments throughout the Victorian period and early twentieth century, including traditions of performance and representation in early and silent film, magic lantern shows, music hall, fairground, and melodramatic theatre. His co-authored book, Early Cinema 1895-1914: From Factory Gate to Dream Factory (2004) offers an introduction to this field.

Dr James Lyons

Dr James Lyons is currently researching stardom and performance in recent American Independent Film, and is developing a major new research project on stunt performance and discourses of risk in cinema. He has recently published a book on the television show Miami Vice (2010), and has co-edited The Rise of the American Comics Artist with Paul Williams (2010).

Creative Writing

Dr Andy Brown

Dr Andy Brown's writing is informed by post-postmodern concerns and the tensions between traditional form and literary innovation. His poetry publications include Goose Music (Salt, 2008) with John Burnside; The Storm Berm (Tall Lighthouse, 2008); Fall of the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 (Salt, 2006) and five previous volumes of poetry.

Mr Sam North

Mr Sam North's areas are current fiction in both dramatic and prose form; the history of narrative and genre development; and the mechanical/imaginative processes of story-telling. Sam North is currently developing a PhD titled ‘Five Analogies' to be published by OUP which explores the imaginative landscape of narrative from a practitioner's point of view.