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American Studies

Recent publications by our staff

Stephen Shapiro and Mark Storey, editors, The Cambridge Companion to American Horror (Cambridge UP, 2022)

Daniel Katz, editor, The Uncollected Poetry and Plays of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan UP, 2022)

Mark Storey, Time and Antiquity in American Empire (Oxford UP, 2021)

Alice Kelly, Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death and the First World WarLink opens in a new window (Edinburgh UP, 2020)

Stephen Shapiro and Liam Kennedy, editors, Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature (Dartmouth College Press, 2019)

Stephen Shapiro, Philip Barnard and Hilary Emmett, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brocken Brown (Oxford UP, 2019)

Myka Tucker-Abramson, Novel Shocks: Urban Renewal and the Cultural Origins of Neoliberalism (Fordham UP, 2018)

Current PhD Students

Will Berrington, The American Millennial Novel: Coming-of-Age from Crash to 'Long Downturn' (2008-2022), Supervisors: Myka Tucker-Abramson and Stephen Shapiro

Simone Blandford

Mohammad JavanmardLink opens in a new window, Literary Constellations; Allegories of Collectivities in the Era of Globalisation, Supervisor: Mike Niblett)

Sam Weselowski, Metropolitan Frontiers: Vancouver and the Poetics of Urbanization, 1965 – 2013, Supervisors: Myka Tucker-Abramson, Nicholas Lawrence, and Jonathan Skinner

Yaqian XuLink opens in a new window Middle-aged Body in Contemporary North American Novels, Supervisor: Liz Barry

American studies at Warwick

English and Comparative Literary Studies was among the first British departments to embed American Literature as a core feature of its curriculum, and it remains a central strength of the department's research and teaching.

Our staff work across the full historical, conceptual, and global scope of American studies, with recent research focused on urbanisation and labour (Tucker-Abramson), theories of engaged literature (Katz), religion and gothic (Shapiro), and imperialism (Storey).

As well as publishing with leading journals and presses, our staff have written for outlets such as the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Guardian, and appeared on BBC radio.

Conferences and Events

Imperial Cultures of the United States (2017)

Keywords: Nineteenth-Century American Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2015)