School of English and Modern Languages

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  • Memory and Life-writing

    Other people, other lives

    So much more than the recording of an individual existence, Life Writing is a crucial genre for exploring the interconnection of public and private experience, and for negotiating the ethics and power relations involved in remembering and re-telling life stories from the past.

    Our staff are actively engaged in writing biographies and life narratives, rewriting the stories of well-known figures and helping to give a voice to those who have been marginalised or neglected by history or in our contemporary world. Our work in this area has included writing the lives of figures as diverse as the Rossetti family, Franz Kafka, and the little-known nineteenth-century spiritualist Florence Marryat.

    Our staff also have particular expertise in the literature of war. Current and future projects include a study of trauma narratives of World War I; of post-war practices of commemoration and reconciliation; and of the transnational 9/11 novel.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Dr Mary Jean Chan

    Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
    Phone: +44(0)1865483982 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T.416

    Dr James Hawes

    Reader in Creative Writing
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483476 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T415

    Dr Tatiana Kontou

    Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 484236 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T418a

    Dr Niall Munro

    Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483433 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T417