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Dr Mark Storey

storeymain2Associate Professor

Email: M dot J dot Storey at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Mark Storey is an Associate Professor and the department's Director of Teaching and Learning.

His research and teaching interests lie broadly in American literature. He was a founding member of the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA), and has held fellowships at the University of Virginia and the Houghton Library at Harvard.

Research interests

In general, I write about and teach American writing and culture, particularly since the late nineteenth century.

My recent research has focused on cultures of American empire, and a project about the ways ancient Rome figures in the historical imagination of US imperialism is soon to appear in a forthcoming book from Oxford UP: Time and Antiquity in American Empire.

My first book, Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), examined the effects of late nineteenth-century modernisation and urbanisation on the literary representation of rural America, and argued for a reconceptualisation of 'American regionalism'. A recent essay for the Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism represents an updated version of these arguments.

I am also developing new projects from my long-standing interest in gothic and horror. This includes provisional work on a monograph, and, with my colleague Stephen Shapiro, as editor on a forthcoming entry in the Cambridge Companions series: The Cambridge Companion to American Horror.

Teaching and supervision

In 2019-20 I will be convening Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and co-teaching American Horror Story: U.S. Gothic Cultures, 1790-Present. I also supervise dissertations in the field of American literature. At postgraduate level I supervise relevant student research at MA and PhD level.

I am happy to consider dissertation and thesis proposals in my fields of interest.

Selected publications

[For a full list see 'Publications' above]

  • Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Recent essays

Office hours

Officially, 11.00-12.00 on Tuesday and Thursday. But all office hours will be conducted in Teams this year, so it will often be easier for us to arrange a mutually convenient time between ourselves. If you wish to meet please email me.