Dr Paul Williams

Senior Lecturer


Extension: 4257

Telephone: 01392 724257

Room 322, Queen's Building

My office hours can be booked online: http://bit.ly/2j56e39

My main research interest is comics and graphic novels and my history of how North American graphic novels were produced, distributed, and discussed between the mid-1960s and 1980 is forthcoming from Rutgers UP (provisional title: Novel Talk: Dreaming of the Graphic Novel in the Long 1970s). I have an article on Jules Feiffer's Tantrum (1979) appearing in Studies in the Novel later this year and another book, The US Graphic Novel, will offer a history of the form in the USA from the 1920s to the 2000s. This is under contract with Edinburgh UP and it will underline the inherent instability of attempts to make, publish, and read comics narratives as 'novels.'

With the Cartoon Museum in London, I curated the exhibition The Great British Graphic Novel (Apr.-July 2016), seen by over 10,000 people. This was part of the AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship (£144,000) that I held between 2014-16, enabling me to conduct many of the archival visits and interviews that inform Novel Talk.

I have various other research interests, such as:

* Critical theories of race and ethnicity (my book on Paul Gilroy was published in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series)

* Post-apocalyptic fiction (the subject of my first monograph, entitled Race, Ethnicity, and Nuclear War)

* South-West writers, especially John Betjeman and Laurie Lee

* The history of Cultural Studies

* The cultural and political impact of alternative psychotherapies from the 1970s (earlier this year I co-authored the article "The Primal is the Political: Psychotherapy, Engagement, and Narcissism in the 1970s," published in American Quarterly)

I am also the Admissions Tutor for English and teach across many modules, including my third-year option EAS3242 From Comics to Graphic Novels, and welcome inquiries from potential PhD students.