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Dr Josie GillBA (Sheffield), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Black British Writing of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Josie Gill

Dr Josie GillBA (Sheffield), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Black British Writing of the 20th and 21st Centuries

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Research interests

I joined the Department of English in September 2014, having completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge.


My research interests are in contemporary literature, particularly Black British and African American writing and my current research project examines the relationship between scientific and fictional engagements with race in Britain and the United States since the 1970s. I am also Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Literary Archaeology': Exploring the Lived Environment of the Slave, which brings together archaeological scientists, creative writers and literary scholars to develop a new, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the lives of enslaved people.  

My article ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’ was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Journal of Literature and Science and British Society for Literature and Science Essay Prize 2013. I have also published articles in Modern Fiction Studies and Textual Practice. In April 2014 I became a member of the committee of the British Society for Literature and Science.

Research Interests

Black British writing; contemporary British fiction; genetics and literature; epigenetics, slavery and race; postcolonial literature and theory; racial science and medicine; science writing; historical fiction; African American literature.



I currently teach on the following units:

Approaches to Poetry (Y1)

Critical Issues (Y1)

Contemporary Literature and Science (Y3)

Contemporary Writing (Y1)

Black British Literature (Y2)

Contemporary Literature (MA)

I would welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing doctoral work on Black British writing, contemporary literature or literature and science.





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Postal address:
3/5 Woodland Road
United Kingdom