Centre for Critical and Creative Writing

Organization profile

Organisation profile


The Centre for Critical and Creative Writing (CCCW) at the University of Northampton brings together the research of scholars working in the areas of literary studies, screen studies, cultural theory and creative writing.  Alongside well-established research clusters in postcolonial literature, trauma studies and popular culture, the Centre is cultivating strengths in life writing, childhood and adolescent studies, and fantasy and wonder.  It will build on its interdisciplinary research base and existing partnerships and networks to produce the most up-to-date scholarly research and develop public-facing initiatives with lasting social impact.

What does CCCW do?

  • Develops high-impact scholarly research from inception to publication in world-leading academic journals and monographs.
  • Supports a thriving postgraduate research community, where a range of research interests are nurtured into the social impact of the future.
  • Collaborates with leading researchers and institutions around the world in developing research networks, like the AHRC-funded Diaspora Screen Media Network, and extending the reach of scholarly endeavours.
  • Nurtures a strong research culture, hosting regular seminar and conference activity, fostering interdisciplinary links and developing bids for research funding.
  • Provides an institutional home for leading journals and centres, including the Katherine Mansfield Society and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

What are the CCCW’s areas of interest?

The Centre for Critical and Creative Writing has research interests in the following areas:

  • Postcolonial and Global Literature
  • Trauma Narrative
  • Popular Culture, Celebrity and Fan Cultures
  • Fantasy and Wonder
  • Gender, Sexuality and Class
  • Literature of the City
  • Gothic and Horror
  • Life Writing
  • Childhood and Adolescence

Expressions of interest in postgraduate study or scholarly collaboration in these areas are welcome.  For further information please contact members of the research centre directly.

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    Research Output

  • Economic Women: Money and (Im)mobility in Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield

    Wilson, J. M., 23 Jul 2020, Katherine Mansfield: New Directions. Gasston, A., Kimber, G. & Wilson, J. (eds.). 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, p. 191-206 16 p. (Historicising Modernism).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Make We Merry

    Bennett, C. & Chilcott, B., 29 Nov 2019

    Research output: Non-Textual OutputPerformance

  • Pacific waves: Reverberations from Oceania

    Scanlan, E. & Wilson, J. M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 54, 5, p. 577-584 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Sing the Colour of Peace

    Bennett, C. & Chilcott, B., 31 Oct 2019

    Research output: Non-Textual OutputComposition

  • Activities

    • 14 Oral presentation
    • 2 Organising a conference or workshop
    • 1 Invited talk

    The Final Girl? Isolated heroines and the absence of female friendship in teen horror

    Lorna Jowett (Speaker)

    29 Nov 2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Buffy at 20 - a round table discussion with some senior Scoobies

    Lorna Jowett (Speaker), Stacey Abbott (Speaker) & Bronwen Calvert (Speaker)

    25 Jun 2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Breaking into the boy’s club: Doctor Who and the gendering of TV production

    Lorna Jowett (Speaker)

    19 May 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Decolonizing Trauma Studies

    Larissa Allwork (Participant) & Sonya Andermahr (Participant)

    15 May 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch


    Student theses

    A Study of the Supernatural in Twenty-First Century Young Adult Gothic Literature

    Author: Lamara, M., Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Canning, R. (Supervisor), Bennett, P. (Supervisor) & Kimber, G. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Developing a Learning Identity: A Narrative Study of Algerian Women EFL Students

    Author: Zekri, W., Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Burnapp, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Katherine Mansfield and Conceptualisations of the Self

    Author: Edensor, L., May 2019

    Supervisor: Wilson, J. (Supervisor), Kimber, G. (External person) (Supervisor) & Canning, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Sectarianism and the Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis of News Sites Reportage

    Author: Hassoon, N., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Cooper, N. (Supervisor), Burnapp, D. (Supervisor) & Wilson, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The novel as panopticon: exploring surveillance

    Author: Chia, L. S., 2012

    Supervisor: Phillips, L. (Supervisor) & Bennett, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis