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PhD projects

I would welcome proposals from prospective postgraduate students relating to my research interests in contemporary literature, literary theory, the novel and narrative theory, readers and reading, time and temporality.

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Personal profile

Biography

I received my MA and PhD in English from the University of St Andrews and my MSt in English Language and Literature (1900-Present) from the University of Oxford. 

I joined the University in 2012 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2018.

I currently serve as Secretary of University English.

Research Interests

My research focuses on:

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • The Novel and Narrative Theory
  • Reading and Readers
  • Time and Temporality
  • Philosophy and Literary Theory

Teaching Responsibilities

At undergraduate level, I coordinate the Level 6 module ‘Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction’, as well as the Level 4 module ‘Unpacking Texts: Introducing Critical Theory’. I also teach on the team-taught unit ‘Body Politics’ and supervise Level 6 dissertations.

At postgraduate level, I supervise PhD and MRes projects on modern and contemporary literature and literary theory. I would welcome proposals from prospective postgraduate students relating to my research interests.  

Media Availability

I welcome media enquiries relating to all aspects of my research.

Email: Ben.Davies@port.ac.uk 

Phone: 023 9284 6171 

Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature.

My research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and theory, with particular emphases on time, the novel and narrative theory and theories of reading and readers.

I am currently finishing a collaborative research project on the temporal experience and phenomenology of novel reading during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this project, Christina Lupton (University of Copenhagen) and I undertake comparative analysis of attitudes to reading and its time demands in the UK and Denmark. The project was awarded funding by the Carlsberg Foundation in Denmark. Reading Novels During the Covid-19 Pandemic will be published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

In summer 2022, I was awarded funding from the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) for a project examining the relationship between the value of reading and time use in the twenty-first-century university. 

My first monograph, Sex, Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercoursewas published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I am also the editor of John Burnside: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2020) and co-editor of Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), a collected volume that developed out of the AHRC-funded international conference ‘Sexualities In and Out of Time’ (Edinburgh, November 2008).

Education/Academic qualification

Other, University of Oxford

Ph.D., University of St Andrews

MA, University of St Andrews

External positions

Secretary, University English

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Keywords

  • PR English literature
  • Readers
  • Reading
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Novels
  • Narrative Theory
  • Time
  • Modern Literature
  • Prose
  • PN0441 Literary History
  • PN0080 Criticism

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