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Ross Adamson

Media studies teacher and researcher Ross Adamson's work is concerned with online public sphere activity, specifically the commenting practices on online news sites, he draws particularly on the philosophy of Habermas and Bakhtin and has also worked on technologies for education.


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Ross Adamson University of Brighton

Dr Kate Aughterson

The author of 'Renaissance Woman', Kate Aughterson's teaching and research interests cross disciplinary boundaries, linking scientific, textual, philosophical and political discourses. She has lectured in art history and literature focusing on seventeenth century drama, with regard to gender, sexuality and performance culture.


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A dissection of the womb 1545 - Kate Aughterson University of Brighton

Dr Peter Blake

Dr Peter Blake’s research has focused primarily on the prolific C19th journalist George Augustus Sala. He is also interested in American literature and history, Charles Dickens, race and slavery, travel narratives and 19th Century periodicals and print culture.


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Peter Blake, Expert on GA Sala, portrayed from Punch magazine, University of Brighton

Dr Dora Carpenter-Latiri

Tunisian born, Dora studied at University of Sorbonne and her work has followed a multidisciplinary approach, leading to collaboration with sociolinguistics, anthropology and photography. She has international research interests in language, linguistics and identity in the arts and popular culture.


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Dora Carpenter-Latiri University of Brighton

Dr Irralie Doel

Irralie Doel's main areas of research are in 20th and 21st century literature and creative process, especially poetry and poetics, drama, and women’s writing. She also teaches creative writing and research relations between writing, reading and creative practice. She has an interest in how visual texts intersect with literary texts, and in practitioners who employ both.


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Irralie Doel University of Brighton: Muriel Rukeyser 1913-1980

Julie Everton

Julie Everton worked as a journalist and professional scriptwriter for film, TV and radio before joining the University of Brighton in 2009. Her award winning plays have been staged in London theatres and on regional and national tours. She has worked as a Playwright in Residence at the Royal National Theatre and been a script reader for a range of film, TV and theatre companies.


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Nigel Foxcroft

Nigel Foxcroft lectuers and researches in English Literature, having also taught in Hungarian and Russian. He is an expert on Malcolm Lowry Anglo-American and postcolonial literature and Russian literature. Nigel runs the literature research seminar series at Brighton.


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Nigel Foxcroft University of Brighton

Dr Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond's principal interests are in cross-cultural representation, twentieth-century British literature and postcolonial writing and theory. He has authored and edited several books including 'Cold War Literature: Writing the Global Conflict.'


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Andrew Hammond

Richard Jacobs

Principal Lecturer in English Literature, Richard Jacobs has been instrumental in developing English literature at the University. His research crosses pedagogy in literature, narratology and the myth of the Fall. His published work includes critical editions of Waugh and analysis of the Sherlock Holmes stories.


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Richard Jacobs University of Brighton

Dr Philippa Lyon

Philippa Lyon’s main research interests are in the literary and cultural history of war poetry, the history, theory and practice of design education and the role of drawing in interdisciplinary design and medical education. Her publications include Design Education: Learning, Teaching and Researching Through Design (2011).


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Philippa Lyon University of Brighton

Dr Patricia McManus

Patricia McManus is a lecturer in media and cultural history. She works on the history of modern cultural practices and forms, in particular on the history of the novel and other mass-mediated forms of fiction. She is particularly interested in feminist, Marxist and ‘post-Marxist theoretical traditions


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Patricia McManus University of Brighton

Dr Jess Moriarty

Jess Moriarty is founder of the Work Write Live programme. She designs courses on and teaches creative and imaginative writing, writing for personal development and confident speaking and writing. Her research uses autobiography and poetry to explore the potential of making the academic writing process more personal.


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Jess Moriarty University of Brighton

Prof Deborah Philips

Prof Deborah Philips has published on the narratives of television, carnival and post-war women's fiction and has a particular research interest in the structures of the stories employed in popular culture. She has previously developed creative writing groups in a psychiatric hospital and written on the therapeutic potential of writing in a mental health context.


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Deborah Philips University of Brighton

Dr Vy Rajapillai

Vy Rajapillai lectures in media and English language. Her interests lie in activity theory, cross-cultural communication, multimodality, language teaching/learning and educational technologies.


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Vy Rajapillai University of Brighton

Dr Katy Shaw

The foremost expert on David Peace and a leading researcher in the field of literature of the 1984-5 UK miners' strike, Katy Shaw specialises in working class literature, literatures of post-industrial regeneration and twenty-first century writings.


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Katy Shaw University of Brighton

Dr Vedrana Velickovic

Vedrana’s principal interests are in black British literature and culture, and post-colonial and post-communist literatures and theory. She also has a strong interest in life writing.


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Dr Catherine Watts

A tutor in language history and pedagogy, Catherine investigates modern foreign languages in education and is particularly interest in the decline of language learning in Britain. She has also explored the effects of part-time paid employment on academic performance, German language children's literature and the role of the moderators in group interviews.


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Catherine Watts University of Brighton

Dr John Wrighton

Synthesizing his studies in ethical philosophy and post-structuralist theory with a new reading of post-war American poetics, John is best known for his concept of the 'poethical', a contemporary poetic "turn to ethics". He also works with American literature and culture, modernist and avant-garde experimental writing, and representations of the cityspace using new technologies.


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Typewriter, photograph (detail) by John Wrighton

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