Department of English and Modern Languages welcomes new lecturer

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

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The faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are delighted to welcome to the Department of English and Modern Languages Dr James Emmott.

Dr Emmott joins us from a lectureship at Queen Mary, University of London and specialises in 19th century literature.

Having received his PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2014, Dr Emmott went on to hold teaching positions at Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Sussex. 

When asked what attracted him to Oxford Brookes Dr Emmott said: “The Department of English and Modern Languages here at Brookes has a really good reputation internationally and in the UK for the quality of its research and its teaching.”

Dr Emmott’s research interests are primarily centred on nineteenth-century technologies of writing and representation, including phonography and photography. “For me the nineteenth century is the scene of the origin of modernity,” Dr Emmott explained, “So much of what shapes our lives today had its roots in the period. It was a time of huge change and energy.”

The undergraduate modules Dr Emmott will be teaching on include Culture, Criticism and Literature, Crime, Culture and Transgression, Landscapes and Mindscapes and an MA module in Critical Debate.

When asked why studying English Literature was so important Dr Emmott said: “Literature in any period is a remnant of that time. What particularly excites me is thinking about a period and the opportunities that its literature offers us to understand it.”