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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

For information about getting in touch during term 3, please see 'Office Hours' in the right hand column


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. 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: Roma Redux: 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

For term 3:

My office hours will be conducted online, via Teams for a face-to-face meeting (just by audio if you prefer). You can of course email me at any time and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

While I will still have formal office hours, I am happy to arrange a meeting at any time during the usual working week if it's mutually agreeable. Please email me and we can find a date and time. Officially speaking, though, my office hours are Tuesdays, 11.00-12.00, and Thursdays, 11.00-12.00.