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Dr Andrew M BladesBA Hons, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)


Andrew Blades

Dr Andrew M BladesBA Hons, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)


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Research interests

My broad research interests lie in twentieth-century American literature, and more specifically the intersection between medicine and literature. I am currently writing a monograph, Reassessing American AIDS Literature, which examines how the poets Thom Gunn, Mark Doty and James Merrill wrote about the first wave of the epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I am particularly interested in how these writers place their work on AIDS within a historical or literary continuum. The question of AIDS and history, and how the early years of the epidemic are being historicised, is another major interest: I have recently written an article about how John Weir's AIDS fiction deals with history, memory and memorialisation, and with Maria Vaccarella I organised a symposium, Retroviral Cultures, for World AIDS Day 2016 (supported by the British Association of American Studies). We will be publishing related work in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities, due to be published in 2019.

My next project will focus on literature and anxiety, considering how changing understandings of the condition of anxiety have impacted upon American letters in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I am keen to work on an interdisciplinary level and welcome the possibility of collaborations in this field. I organised a conference, Cultures of Anxiety, in June 2017. 

Other research interests include queer writing, and recent representations of the 1980s in British and American fiction. I am also currently co-editing a collection of essays, Poetry and the Dictionary (Liverpool University Press), which considers the relationship between poetry and lexicography; it is due to be published in 2018.



Critical Issues (Y1)

Critical Practice (Y1)

Literature 1900-Present Day (Y2)

Queer Writing (Y2)

American Masculinities (Y3)

I also teach on the following MA units:

  • Modernism, Experimentation and Form
  • The Gothic
  • Contemporary Literature
  • After War, After Modernism (1940-1970)

I would be keen to hear from any postgraduate research students interested in working on literature and anxiety, or literature and mental health more generally; HIV/AIDS writing; queer literature. 





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