Gender and Technologies

About us

Since the early modern period, literature has explored how technology can transform human experience. Our research reveals the intersections between humans and machines, focusing in particular on questions of gendered identity and embodiment.

We have particular strengths in modernist avant-garde cultures, speculative fiction, twentieth-century ‘reading machines’, and the interface between literature and AI.

Our researchers are considering how augmented reality brings art to life, how computing technology positions us in real and virtual worlds, and how contemporary dramatists are building on the legacy of nineteenth-century scientific innovation. Other group members are working on the technology of the Renaissance anatomy theatre, and artificial constructions of the male body in contemporary prose fiction.

Metal man and woman sculpture

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Eric White

Dr Eric White

Reader in American Literature

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Name Role Email
Dr Carina Bartleet Programme Lead in Drama, Theatre and Acting; MA Creative Writing; Communication, Media and Culture
Professor Katharine Craik Director of Research and Professor in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750)
Professor Alex Goody Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture
Professor Daniel Lea Professor of Contemporary Literature
Dr Andrea Macrae Principal Lecturer in Student Experience and Stylistics
Dr Niall Munro Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre


Name Role Organisation
Dr Caroline Jackson-Houlston Lecturer in English Literature


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Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Avant-Gardes and Speculative Technology (AGAST)

Dr Eric White European Commission, CILIP From: September 2014