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Dr Alice Bennett

0151 291 3319
Arts and Humanities

My research focuses on contemporary fiction and theory, and particularly on the intersection between popular culture and narrative experimentation in British and American literature. Before joining the department at Hope, I taught at Durham University, where I also completed my PhD. I also have a BA from the University of Warwick and an MA from UCL.

I am the course co-ordinator for the final year of the English Literature BA and I lead courses on contemporary literature and literary theory in the final year of the degree. On the MA in English Literature, I teach modules on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Graphic Novel, and also teach the Core Literary Theory Module. I am also the co-ordinator of our degree programmes delivered through our Network of Hope partner colleges.

At the moment, I am working a monograph called Fictions of Attention (Bloomsbury, 2018), which is about twenty-first-century fiction's engagement with cultural anxieties about managed attention and distraction. Alongside this project, I am doing some work on wakefulness, vigilance and alerts, including organising a Wellcome-funded conference, Not Sleeping, taking place at Hope in September 2017.

In other research, I am co-editing a collection of essays on the short fiction of David Foster Wallace and some of other my recent work has looked at the fictional representations of fraudulent mediums, extraordinary rendition, and undocumented migrants. I am also the author of Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2012), which explores the ways in which fiction set in imaginary afterlives experiments with temporality, voice and narratorial knowledge.

I would be interested in supervising postgraduate work on twentieth-century or contemporary fiction related to any of my research interests above.


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