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Dr Caroline Edwards

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature
BA, MA (Warwick), PhD (Nottingham)

Director of the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, 2013-2015

Dr Caroline Edwards teaches on the BA English, MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and MA Cultural and Critical Studies. She is Director of the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture and supervises PhD research students working on contemporary literature and science fiction projects.

Caroline’s research interests are in 20th and 21st-century British fiction, utopian literature (1516-present), science fiction and post-apocalyptic narratives, critical theory, modernism, postmodernism, cultural studies, post-secularism, Marxist aesthetics (particularly Ernst Bloch, Herbert Marcuse, Walter Benjamin and Fredric Jameson), and Open Access publishing. She is Founding and Commissioning Editor of the open access journal of 21st-century literary criticism, Alluvium, and is Founder and Co-Director of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) – an initiative set up to publish sustainable open access journal articles and monographs in the humanities, which is working with numerous international partners including: Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Open Book Publishers, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Public Knowledge Project, the Wellcome Trust, the British Library, the Creative Commons, RCUK, Jisc Collections and the Modern Languages Association. As part of her campaigning for open access and work in publishing, Caroline regularly gives invited keynote talks and lectures at open access conferences and publishing events.

Caroline has been invited to lecture at a number of places, including the Wellcome Trust, the ICA, Harvard University, the European Commission, the LSE, King's College London, the National Library of Sweden, the University of Durham, UCL, SOAS, the University of Warwick, the British Library and the Institute of English Studies. She has given media interviews for the BBC, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Higher Education, the Austrian national broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) and the Guardian.

Caroline welcomes PhD applications on the following topics: 21st-century literature, utopian and dystopian narratives, science fiction, literary and critical theory, Western Marxism and the philosophy of the Frankfurt School.

Caroline joined the department in September 2013, having previously worked as Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln (2011-2013), Tutor in English Literature at the University of Surrey (2010-2011) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (2008). She was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2016.

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