Research output per year
Research output per year
Accepting PhD Students
I would be very happy to talk to prospective doctoral reserachers interested in any of the following areas: Literary linguistics: stylistic applications of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse; cognitive poetics; pedagogical stylistics; stylistics of poetry; stylistics of children’s literature; First World War literature. Language and literature in education: applied cognitive linguistics; studying fiction; discourses about English in educational settings; integrating language and literature; reader response theories and education.
Research activity per year
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I am Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
BA(Hons) English Language and Literature (Liverpool)
MA Literary Linguistics (Nottingham)
PhD Cognitive Stylistics (Nottingham)
Head of English
Co-Director Centre for the Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Co-Director Aston Literary Linguistics Research Group (ALL)
I am a stylistician with particular interests in the application of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse. My monograph, the first book-length study of a canonical English poet using Text World Theory, Text World Theory and Keats' Poetry: The Cognitive Poetics of Desire, Dreams and Nightmares, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. A textbook, written with my colleague Dr Chloe Harrison, Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics was published in September 2018. My current research uses cognitive stylistic methods to examine how the experience of war is variously construed in the poetry, prose, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon. I am currently working on a monograph, The Language of Siegfried Sassoon, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
I am also interested in language and literature in education including applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts and the ways in which literature is discussed and studied in educational settings. For more on this see the studyingfiction website which I run with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University). Our book, Studying Fiction, will be published by Routledge in April 2021.
For several years, I have co-directed the Integrating English project with Dr Andrea Macrae (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University). We are interested in developing more integrated approaches to the subject at all levels of education. We run annual summer conferences for secondary practitioners, publish digests of research and teaching ideas to support English teachers, and act as the editorial board for Mesh, a journal for undergraduate students to showcase their work in integrated lang-lit studies. We have recently undertaken and published research on the perception and awareness of post-16 curriculum reform amongst academics in university English departments (funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).
Ahcene Adjeb: Reader response theories and literary pedagogy
Polina Gavin: Cognitive stylistics and ekphrasis
Megan Mansworth: Empathy and the endings of novels
Christopher Walker: Stylistics and teacher identity
Daniel Jenkin-Smith: Bureaucratisation and the Rise of Modern Office Literature: 1830-1900
Areas of research supervision
I would be very happy to talk to prospective doctoral reserachers interested in any of the following areas:
Literary linguistics: stylistic applications of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse; cognitive poetics; pedagogical stylistics; stylistics of poetry; stylistics of children’s literature; First World War literature.
Language and literature in education: applied cognitive linguistics; studying fiction; discourses about English in educational settings; integrating language and literature; reader response theories and education.
Literature in History
Literary Genres in English
Language and Literature in Education
Undergraduate dissertation supervision
I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (currently Membership Secretary), the British Association for Applied Linguistics, The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship (currently Treasurer), the National Association for the Teaching of English (member of Post-16/Higher Education Commitee) and the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLiE).
I am editor of Siegfried's Journal, the journal of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship.
I am associate editor and editorial board member of two leading international peer-reviewed journals: English in Education; and English Studies. I am also on the editorial board of Journal of Literary Semantics.
I act as a reviewer for a number of other journals in stylistics, applied linguistics, literary studies, and education.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Edited Book
Marcello Giovanelli & Jessica Mason
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Dr Marcello Giovanelli & Jessica Mason
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