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
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: comparative literature; psychoanalysis; womens and gender studies; the arts and transitional justice;
Jonathan Baker
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Nic Blower
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Emma Briant
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: political communication particularly propaganda and international security; media debates of politics, inequality and human rights;
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
Senior Lecturer, 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;
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;
Matthew De Abaitua
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Fatima El Issawi
Senior Lecturer, 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
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 film and media; Interactions between film / media practice and theory; Low-budget and amateur movies; Race and Ethnicity in US literature, film, and television; Writing and film of / about the Pacific; Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema;
John Gillies
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Patricia Gillies
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 structures and the construction of kingship in Old French epic and Medieval and Renaissance analogues; negotiations with primordial figuration in troubadour poetry and parallels in narrative design of other genres; literary tradition and Thomas Hobbess 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; Brzeska Archive, Special Collections, Albert Sloman Library University of Essex;
John Haynes
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Interdisciplinary, theoretical and practitioner perspectives on Film and History; Practice as Research; Cinema and social change; films and social justice activism; films as producers of histories; Soviet and Russian Cinema, especially Stalinism and Film; Independent cinema in the United States; 1968 campus activism;
Liam Jarvis
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
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Elizabeth Kuti
Head of Department - Senior Lecturer (R), Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Annecy Lax
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)
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
Senior Lecturer, 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;
Susan Oliver
Reader, 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
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Holly Pester
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;
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)
Research interests: Postcolonialism; Utopias/dystopias; Modernism; Postmodernism;
Deirdre Serjeantson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: book history and manuscript studies; early-modern translation; womens writing; Petrarchism; Irish and Scottish writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; historical fiction; Dorothy Dunnett;
Philip Terry
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Creative Writing; Experimental translation;
Bevan Walsh
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)