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Dr Mark Storey

Dr Mark StoreyAssociate Professor

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

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


I am on research leave in 2017-18.

Mark Storey is an Associate Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies programmes. His research and teaching interests lie broadly in American literature since the nineteenth century.

Research interests

In general, American writing from the nineteenth century to the present. More specifically, my current research focusses on U.S. imperialism, time studies, and the political uses of ancient history. Last year I co-organised a conference relating to this work, 'Imperial Cultures of the United States'.

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'. I still sometimes write about this, and my essay 'Local Color, World-System; or, American Realism at the Periphery' is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of American Realism.

Teaching and supervision

At honours level I convene EN304 Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature, have regularly taught on EN336 States of Damage, and will be co-teaching a new module in 2018-19, American Horror Story: U.S. Gothic Cultures, 1790-Present. I also supervise dissertations in the field of American literature. At postgraduate level I teach my MA option EN9B1 Narratives of American Empire and 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
  • 'Sarah Orne Jewett's Foreign Correspondence' in The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing, ed. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Matthew Pethers, and Judie Newman (2016).
  • 'Ben-Hur and the Spectacle of Empire'. Studies in American Fiction, 42.1 (Spring 2015).

  • 'Spectacular Distractions: P.T. Barnum and American Modernism'. Modernism/modernity. 21.1 (Jan 2014).

Office hours

NA in 2017-18