Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

Paul Anderson
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: UK politics; UK social history; Russian history; Chinese history; George Orwell; history of journalism
Sanja Bahun
Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education and Professor (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: comparative literature; psychoanalysis; womens and gender studies; the arts and transitional justice
Elizabeth Bennett
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Nic Blower
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Christopher Bundock
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
James Canton
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Nature writing and the New Nature Writing movement; creative non-fiction; ecocriticism; psychogeography and the rural derive; writing on the Essex landscape; the writers of Essex; British travel writing on Arabia; travel writing and theory; the work of W.G. Sebald; the interface between colonial history and postcolonialism
Shohini Chaudhuri
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: notions of world cinema, intercultural and transnational cinema; film and human rights; gender and feminist theory; film theory and affect
Anthony Clavane
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Katharine Cockin
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: women's suffrage; literature and history; archival studies; theatre history; First World War in literature; science fiction; animal studies; autobiography; Ellen Terry; Edith Craig; family history; Literature and Law; literature and place
Matthew De Abaitua
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence narratives
Fatima El Issawi
Reader, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Media and Democratization; Arab Media; Journalistic Practices and Models; Media Systems; Media in Transitions; Media Policy
Tim Fenton
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Parliamentary reporting, the media and democracy
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Caribbean literatures, art and cinema; literature and place; border studies (especially concerning the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic); literature and the environment; migration and literature; human rights and literature; literature and the visual arts; contemporary poetry; literary and filmic rewritings, adaptations, translation and comparative studies; contemporary Caribbean and US relations (especially regarding the Dominican and Haitian Diasporas); the work of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Junot Diaz, and Edwidge Danticat; postcolonial studies; women writing; Italian cinema and literature
Jeffrey Geiger
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: documentary media; media practice and theory; amateur cinema; race and ethnicity in US literature, film, television; visual cultures of Oceania; Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema; Pacific region in film and photography
John Gillies
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Patricia Gillies
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Theoretical approaches to literature and art history; Lacanian theory; narratives and apocalyptic figuration in Medieval beast literature; gender/genre implications; narrative construction in Old French epic and Medieval and Renaissance analogues; Troubadour poetry and parallels in narrative design of other genres; literary tradition and Thomas Hobbes Historia Ecclesiastica; issues in modernism; expression and configuration of light in the works of Stephane Mallarmé; Old Icelandic literature; the theory and practice of literary translation; Gaudier-Brzeska Archive; Gaudier-Brzeska Archive, Albert Sloman Library; Fantasy Literature and Medieval and Modernist contexts; Operas and Literary Context: Wagner
Karen Gooch
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Liam Jarvis
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Immersive Performance and Participation; Devising and Contemporary Performance-making; Experimental Neuroscience, Selfhood, Embodiment and Body Transfer Illusions in Performance; Science-art Interdisciplinarity; Intermediality, Interactivity, New Technologies and the Digital Humanities; Theatre in the Dark; Theatre Directing; Applied performance, affect and wellbeing
Eirini Konstantinidou
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Elizabeth Kuti
Head of Department - Professor (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: playwriting; eighteenth-century drama and literature
Annecy Lax
Deputy Dean (Postgraduate Research Training) and Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Jonathan Lichtenstein
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Karin Littau
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and film; Comparative media, intermediality, and transmedia; Adaptation, translation, and comparative literature; History of the book, silent cinema, and digital media; Technology, mediality, materialism; Reception studies and the history of reading; Physiology of reading, embodied spectator, affect
Adrian May
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Creative Writing; Performance poetry; DH Lawrence; Stevie Smith
Mary Mazzilli
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Chinese and East-Asian Theatre; World and Global Theatres; Postdramatic Theatres and Modernism/Postmodernism; Post-war Theatres In Europe; Contemporary Theatre Practices (directing and producing); Dramaturgy and Playwriting; Comparative Drama and Literature; Gender Studies
Christopher McCully
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: The history of literatures in English; history of the English language; phonology and verseform; representations of home in literature
Daniel O'Brien
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Susan Oliver
Deputy Dean (Research) (Humanities) and Professor (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Romantic period; Walter Scott; Charles Lamb; Scottish literature; Ballads and folk literature; Late 18th Century British and American literature; 19th century British and American literature; Charles Brockden Brown; Periodicals and magazines; Transatlantic studies 18th and 19th century literature; Nature writing and ecocriticism; Borders and cultural encounters
Jak Peake
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Holly Pester
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Feminist experimental writing (poetry and prose); Archive theory and forms of archive research; Innovative methods of practice-based research; Writing on and about and with dreams, hallucinations, daydreaming, voice, non-linguistic sounds, nonsense, body, sexuality, posture, radical politics;
Owen Robinson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and culture of the US South; William Faulkner; New Orleans; Post-war US fiction; African-American literature; Theory Bakhtin, reader-response, literary geography
Joanna Rzepa
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: modernism; comparative literature; literature and history; Holocaust writing; literature and religion; literary translation; twentieth-century poetry; WW1 and WW2 in literature
Jordan Savage
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: avant-garde U.S. poetry; literatures of the American South-West; alternative knowledges; feminist reading and writing practices; environmental criticism;
Sean Seeger
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Sarah Smyth
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Philip Terry
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Creative Writing; Experimental translation; Oulipo
Bevan Walsh
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Penny Wrout
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)

Fixed Term Teachers

Sarah Brown
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Andrew Burton
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
John Cary
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Anna Clarke
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Associate Fellow, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Jon Crane
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Anthony Cullen
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Elena-Maria Dirstaru
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Elaine Ewart
Associate Fellow, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Letizia Fusini
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Steven Goatman
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Judith Johnson
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Theatre featuring participants and practitioners with learning disabilities; Widening Participation and Public Engagement; Applied Theatre
Gari Jones
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Penelope Simpson
Associate Fellow, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Nicola Turnham
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Carole Webster
Fixed Term Teacher, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)