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Dr Mark Storey


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

FAB 5.48
Faculty of Arts
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Mark Storey is a Reader in American Literature and teaches on the BA and MA degrees in the department. 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 book, Time and Antiquity in American Empire, looks at how ancient Rome figures in the cultures of American empire. Taking up the 'analogy' as both its object of analysis and methodological trope, the book ranges from the present to the late eighteenth century and attempts to bring together narrative culture, classical reception, and philosophies of history into a new reckoning with American empire's temporal imagination.

I have previously published Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), which examined late nineteenth-century modernisation and the representation of rural America, arguing for a reconceptualisation of 'American regionalism'. A more 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, with my colleague Stephen Shapiro, editing the recently published Cambridge Companion to American Horror.

Teaching and supervision

I am on research leave in 2022-23. In 2021-22 I convened Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and American Horror Story, and at postgraduate level Narratives of American Empire. I supervise relevant dissertations and theses at BA, MA, and PhD level, and I'm happy to consider proposals in my areas of interest.

Selected publications

[For a full list see 'Publications' above]

Recent essays

Office hours

By arrangement

Teaching 2021-22


Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature

American Horror Story: US Gothic Cultures, 1619-Tomorrow


Narratives of American Empire