Dr Chris Ewers

Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature


Extension: 4617

Telephone: 01392 724617

I have had articles published on eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction, but the main focus of my research is on the long eighteenth century. I am interested in how mobility - the way people move through space - alters and shapes narrative.

I study modes of transport, such as ships, coaches, aerostatic machines, railways, tube trains and motor cars, tracing the link between physical movement and its representation in fiction. My first book, Mobility and the Novel from Defoe to Austen, argues that the remarkable changes to transport in Britain in the eighteenth century not only acted as a driver for the new novel form, but shaped narrative mapping, genre, and the way writing was structured.

I have also worked as a sports journalist, and have a corresponding interest in early newspapers, and the narratives of sport (in film, poetry, and the novel).