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Research Interests

My research interests lie in a number of interrelated areas including popular fiction, adaptation and screen media. I have written and published on a wide range of subjects including the figure of the hero/anti-hero in 1960s U.S. fiction, the theories of The Frankfurt School, Kurt Vonnegut, H.P. Lovecraft, and cult TV, My recent work looks at the significance of class in Horror fiction. 


Ms Rhiannon McHarrie

Studying depictions of mental health in phase one MCU films.


Ms Lamia Hamini

The depiction of Masculinity in Edward Albee's plays.


Ms Stacey Busuttil

Studying marginalised examples of race, gender and class in the novels of Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers and other Southern Gothic Writers of the twentieth century.


Abdellah Maachou; English and Creative Writing

The Enhancement of Learner Motivation and English Speaking Identity through the Integration of Films in EFL classrooms: the Case of Algerian EFL First Year University Students.


Soumeya Slimani; English and Creative Writing

The Image of Algeria in Maria Martin's History of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Maria Martin (1807), Jules Verne’s Invasion of the Sea (1905), Yacine Kateb’s Nedjma (1956), Assia Djebar’s Fantasia, An Algerian Cavalcade (1985) and Ahmed Hanifi’s La Folle d’Alger (2012).


Mr Elhadj Benmoussa

Teaching Literature In Algerian HE Using Critical Thinking and Communicative Approaches


Mr Ross Norman

Excursions into Arkham County: transmedia storytelling in the storyworld of H.P. Lovecraft


External Roles

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Open Access Library of the Humanities

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Journal of Popular Culture

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

Member of the Editorial Board of BAAS US Studies Online peer reviewed journal.

Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan in the area of Contemporary American Literature

Member of ABES (Annotated Bibliography of English Studies),Contributor/reviewer of Contemporary American Literature

Founder member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society

Member of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies

Other Responsibilities

External Examiner for The University of Wolverhampton’s Popular Culture MA

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner for MA in Popular Culture, University of Wolverhampton

31 Oct 201531 Oct 2019


  • PS American literature
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Anti-hero
  • Weird Fiction
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Class
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • Popular Fiction
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Joseph Heller
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Transmedia
  • Adaptation


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