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Dr Ben Davies

Senior Lecturer

Ben Davies
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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 on two national Executive Committees, for University English and the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies

Research Interests

My research focuses on:

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Philosophy and Literary Theory
  • Narratology
  • Time and Temporality
  • Sex and Gender

Teaching Responsibilities

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’. I am the Level 6 Year Tutor. 

At postgraduate level, I am currently supervising a PhD project on modes of realism in contemporary fiction and an MRes project on care in contemporary women’s writing.

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.

To date, my work has focused specifically on theories and representations of sex, time and space. My monograph, Sex, Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercoursewas published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. This book examines the relationship between time, space and sex in contemporary literature, with a particular focus on the theoretical work of Giorgio Agamben.

I am also the 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).

At present, I am working on an edited book volume on the Scottish writer John Burnside, which will be published by Bloomsbury as part of their Contemporary Critical Perspectives series.

My other ongoing research includes a book project on dwelling in the works of Ali Smith, and a longer-term project on the history and temporality of literary prequels. This interdisciplinary project will incorporate work on the philosophy of time, recent temporal investigations in physics, and analyses of modern prequels in both literature and film.

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