Dr Alex Pavey
I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2017 as Research Assistant on the Supernatural Cities project. Prior to this I was a doctoral student and postgraduate teaching assistant in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL, where I submitted my PhD thesis in the summer of 2017. After completing an MA in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick in 2004, I worked for nearly ten years in the creative and media sectors, with roles at Sony PlayStation, the Independent and i newspapers, and the Green Man music festival.
My doctoral research focuses on the culture and history of Los Angeles, examining both genre texts (detective fiction, the police novel and film noir) and African-American literature and cinema. It is particularly concerned with the psychology and mobility of individual protagonists as they navigate the city’s complex topography – its diverse neighbourhoods, jurisdictional borders, and racial and social boundaries.
More broadly, my research interests lie in twentieth-century literature and film, urban theory, mobility studies and the history of criminalistics, and I have articles published or under consideration on Raymond Chandler, David Lynch, Aldous Huxley and Henri Bergson.
At the University of Portsmouth I am a Research Assistant on the Supernatural Cities project – an interdisciplinary group exploring how urban geographies are culturally constructed, negotiated and understood through the supernatural, Gothic, uncanny, spectral and weird narratives. I am currently in the early stages of developing my postdoctoral research activity in relation to these themes.