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Dr Ben Davies

Senior Lecturer

Ben Davies


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
  • Philosophy and Literary Theory
  • Narratology
  • Time and Temporality
  • Sex and Gender

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.


Phone: 023 9284 6171 


I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature.

My research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and theory, with particular emphases on time, narratology, theories of reading, sex and gender. 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 John Burnside: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2020) and 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).

Current research projects include a monograph on the relationship between darkness, time and ‘the contemporary’, and an interdisciplinary investigation of temporal perception and reading time. This project brings together neuroscientific and narrative approaches and methodologies, as well as empirical work on present-day reading habits.


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