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Professor Richard Gray

Emeritus Professor
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Professor Richard Gray

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Biography

Richard Gray is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He is Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and a former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the USA, including Georgia and South Carolina. A former editor of the Journal of American Studies, he has published more than twenty books and over fifty articles on American literature. His books include The Literature of Memory: Modern Writers of the American South, Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (winner of the C. Hugh Holman Award), American Poetry of the Twentieth Century, The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism, A History of American Literature (first and second editions), A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature, A Brief History of American Literature and After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11. He also co-edited A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South and co-organised an international colloquium on the American South, held in Vienna and funded by the Austrian and British Academies, the proceedings of which were published as Transatlantic Exchanges: The American South in Europe-Europe in the American South. A regular speaker at international conferences and colloquia, as well as a regular reviewer for various journals and a regular broadcaster for the BBC, his most recent book is A History of American Poetry.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Cambridge,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

US Literature

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Paul Terence Harper
Paul Terence Harper
Thesis title: The Story Less Told: Representations in the Inter-War Years of the American White Working Class By Four Female Authors
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/4/2017
Katya Al Khateeb
Katya Al Khateeb
Thesis title: Fetishising the Dominant Culture in Migration Narratives: Examining Azar Nafisi's 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', Bharati Mukherjee's 'Jasmine' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/6/2016
Helen Marie Turner
Helen Marie Turner
Thesis title: Gender, Madness and the Search for Identity in Selected Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 10/6/2016
Iman Hami
Iman Hami
Thesis title: Alice Walker's Womanist Fiction: Tensions and Reconciliations
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/5/2016
Abd Alkareem Atteh
Abd Alkareem Atteh
Thesis title: The Sites of Uncertainty: The Politics and Poetics of Place in Short Fiction By James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, and William Faulkner
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/11/2015
James Stannard
James Stannard
Thesis title: The Influence and Subversion of the Southern Folk Tradition in the Work of William Faulkner
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/10/2015
Jordan Kay Savage
Jordan Kay Savage
Thesis title: Locating Possibility: Utopian and Transformational Place Discourses in Modern and Contemporary U.S. Poetry
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/7/2015
Sawsan Saber D Qashgari
Sawsan Saber D Qashgari
Thesis title: The Image and Role of Women in Selected Works By William Faulkner
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/6/2015
Teri Ann Hill
Teri Ann Hill
Thesis title: From Me to You: A Comparative Study of Self Recreation in the Works and Lives of Alexandre Dumas and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Focusing on the Count of Monte Cristo and the Great Gatsby.
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Master of Philosophy
Awarded date: 1/6/2015
Veronique Marianne Eich
Veronique Marianne Eich
Thesis title: Illness and Difference in the Novels of Carson Mccullers and Flannery O'Connor
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/11/2014
Alaa Barhoom
Alaa Barhoom
Thesis title: Placed Beyond Words: Interpreting Female Speech and Silence in the Portrait of a Lady, What Maisie Knew and the Wings of the Dove
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/7/2013

Publications

Journal articles (2)

Gray, R., (2014). Atlantic crossings: the transnational turn in Southern studies. The Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 12 (2), 223-229

Gray, R., (2008). Open Doors, Closed Minds: American Prose Writing at a Time of Crisis. American Literary History. 21 (1), 128-151

Books (4)

Gray, R., (2015). A History of American Poetry. Wiley-Blackwell. 978-1-118-79535-4

Gray, R., (2011). After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11. Wiley-Blackwell. 9780470657928

Gray, R., (2011). A Brief History of American Literature. Wiley-Blackwell. 9781405192309

Gray, R., (2007). A web of words: the great dialogue of Southern literature. University of Georgia Press. 9780820330051

Book chapters (1)

Gray, R., (2010). The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In: Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today. Editors: Gretlund, JN., . University of South Carolina Press. 260- 274. 9781570039430

Contact

grayr@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus