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Dr Alice Bennett

0151 291 3319
Arts and Humanities

My research focuses on contemporary fiction and theory and I work mostly on 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.

My most recent monograph is called Contemporary 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 have worked on wakefulness, vigilance and alerts, including organising a Wellcome-funded conference, Not Sleeping, which took place at Hope in September 2017. I have an ongoing interest in alerts and alertness and self-monitored states of attention in literature.

Some of other my recent work has looked at the fictional representations of fraudulent mediums, extraordinary rendition, and representations of refugees. My first book, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2012), explored 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.