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Claire Allen is currently a Senior Lecturer in English. Dr Allen plays a full teaching and research role with experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She currently designs and delivers core modules at levels four, five, six, and seven as well as being a dissertation supervisor. Dr Allen earned her PhD in contemporary London literature at the University of Northampton in 2011. Dr Allen has previously worked at Birmingham City University as an associate lecturer specialising in both Modern British Fiction and Children’s Literature as well as at the Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Northampton. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Dr Allen has peer-reviewed research published by leading academic journals and publishers in her field, including an article in Literary London and chapters in edited collections published by Palgrave Macmillan, including on the work of Will Self, Kurt Vonnegut, and Alasdair Gray. She is currently in the process of expanding and developing her research portfolio by working towards the publication of a monograph based on contemporary British fiction which considers new theoretical perspectives by which to approach London literature through an investigation of postmodernism, the post postmodern, feminist and postcolonial readings of literature at and around the turn of the twenty-first century.


Dr Allen is interested in supervising doctoral studies in the following areas, literature of the city, postmodernism (and beyond), contemporary British fiction, gender studies, contemporary performance poetry, postcolonial literature, and representations of working-class identities in literature.

Zoe Pape; English and Creative Writing

The Representation of the Female in Contemporary Dystopian Fiction written by Women.

Teaching Interests

Dr Allen’s current research and teaching experience lie within the areas of Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-first century literature, Children’s Fiction, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies, Literature of the City, Literary and Cultural theory, as well as academic writing and research skills.

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Research Output

Textual analysis as a document of research

Allen, C., 16 Feb 2018

Research output: Non-Textual OutputExhibition

  • Beyond

    Allen, C., 23 Jun 2017.

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  • Beyond Postmodernism in Alasdair Gray's Lanark

    Allen, C., Allen, N. (ed.) & Simmons, D. (ed.), 1 Jul 2014, Reassessing the Twentieth Century Canon: From Joseph Conad to Zadie Smith. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 206-220 319 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Literary representations of London at the millennium

    Allen, C., 1 Sep 2009.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

    Wampeters and foma? Misreading religion in Cat's Cradle and The Book of Dave

    Allen, C. & Simmons, D. (ed.), 1 Sep 2009, New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 213-226 233 p. (American Literature Readings in the 21st Century).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter


    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 2 Symposium
    • 1 Organising a conference or workshop

    Without End 2019:Breaching Discourse Postgraduate Research Symposium

    Claire Allen (Speaker)

    26 Apr 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSymposiumResearch

    Round table discussion

    Claire Allen (Speaker)

    16 Feb 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSymposiumResearch

    3rd Annual Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium: The Art of Punk

    Roy Wallace (Organiser) & Claire Allen (Organiser)

    25 Nov 2016

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


    Beyond postmodernism: London fiction at the millennium

    Author: Allen, C., May 2011

    Supervisor: Tew, P. (Supervisor), Andermahr, S. (Supervisor) & Phillips, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis