We are interested in what it means to write and represent literature to the wider world.

Rebecca_Braun2Rebecca Braun, Director of the Authors and the World Project

Rebecca’s research focuses on authorship – the different ways authors are constructed in literary texts, as well as in wider social, cultural, and political contexts. Her specialism is in 20th and 21st century German-speaking Europe, but she has also worked comparatively on European and North American constructions of literary celebrity. Broader questions surrounding the relationship between the media and the culture industry, self-presentation, and notions of cultural value in the contemporary world underpin her work.  Visit Rebecca’s University webpage and her pages on and Twitter.



Erika Fülöp

Erika’s interests in questions related to authorship range from first-person narratives of the experience of writing and translating (as a form of “second-hand authorship”) to the issues raised by new forms of writing on the internet and authors’ engagement with this medium in the many ways it enables. These include questions of communication with the readership, the author’s responsibility, and the transformation of power relations in the literary and translation industry. Click here to see Erika’s University webpage and profile.


Emily Emily Spiers

Emily’s research into authorship focuses on spoken-word poetry in the Anglophone and German-language contexts. Underpinning her work is the question  of  how authors ‘embody’ literature, in their biographical person as well as in their literary texts. Emily’s interest in embodied performance focuses on the ways in which spoken word has been connected historically with notions of marginal identity, authenticity and protest culture. Visit Emily’s page on the University, or on Twitter.



Robert Crawshaw

Robert’s is particularly interested in the way the relationship between author, text and society has developed in the light of advances in the technology of communication and the spread of media-led, commodified culture that both promote and undermine the social value of creative writing and art in general. He has represented this perspective in recent research projects, including the AHRC-funded Moving Manchester Project and the European Science Foundation’s investigation into the future of literary studies. He is currently writing a book on Intercultural Pragmatics and Cognition based on written testimonies and researching the role of poetry on the London Underground. Visit Robert’s University webpage.


Allyson_FiddlerAllyson Fiddler

Allyson’s interests in authorship focus mostly on literary-political angles in reception and close reading in German-language writing (prose and drama). Her work includes publications that probe the way migrant and multicultural identities are expressed and interpreted, and she has taken a special interest in the politics of the Slovenian-Austrian border. In exploring writers whose original language is a ‘minority’ language, she hopes to raise some perhaps uncomfortable questions about the impact of English as a requirement for (self-) promotion and as a facilitating aspect towards literary celebrity. Click here for Allyson’s University webpage, visit her page, or follow her on Twitter.


delphine_grassDelphine Grass

Delphine’s research focuses on twentieth-century and twenty-first century authors. She is currently writing a monograph on Michel Houellebecq (Michel Houellebecq, Literature and Aesthetics in the Era of Globalisation (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015)) which explores the role of contemporary digital technologies in shaping the evolution of literary genres, as well as the evolving place and role of the novelist in a globalised information economy. She is also working on twentieth-century multilingual poets and authors from the Alsace and Lorraine borderland regions. Her work in this area partly focuses on the role of multilingualism in the construction and deconstruction of the literary identities of these authors, as well as the shaping of these authors’ public identity in resisting and questioning the authority of national borders.  Click here for Delphine’s University webpage and visit her page.


graham_mort2Graham Mort

Graham Mort is Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University. He has worked extensively with the British Council in mentoring African writers and developing new writing for radio in Nigeria and Uganda, as well as in an advisory role to the pan-African literary festival, Beyond Borders. He runs the PhD programme in Creative Writing at Lancaster and convenes the distance-learning MA. He is also a published poet and author of BBC radio drama and short fiction. Visit Graham’s University webpage and his personal webpage.


johnny_ungerJohann Unger

Johnny has research interests in a number of areas of linguistics that have relevance to authorship – his research so far has focussed on how linguistic identities are constructed in texts and digitally mediated politics. Among other projects, he has investigated how the use of particular languages and language varieties in texts relates to social and cultural capital. He is also working on the use of digitally mediated texts as part of political protests and activism, and in how the authors of these texts further their goals and construct identities for themselves through social media. Visit Johnny’s university webpage or follow him on Twitter.


munby 2Karen Jürs-Munby is a Lecturer in Theatre Studies within the Lancaster Institute for the Contempoary Arts (LICA). Her interests in authorship revolve around the relationships between texts and performances, authors and theatre makers. She is currently writing a monograph on Elfriede Jelinek and the stagings of her plays by major directors, looking at the ways in which directors become co-authors who turn the politics of the text into politicised forms of postdramatic theatre. As a writer of highly intertextual texts who subscribes to the ‘death of the author’ (Barthes), Jelinek also makes for a fascinating case study in how the author disappears and reappears — as an ‘undead’ author — in her texts and on stage.  — Karen is also actively involved in the recently piloted Off the Page project which brings together creative writers and performers to explore how performative approaches can feed back into the writing process. Visit Karen’s University webpage:


elliott 2Kamilla Elliott’s chief interests in authorship lie in how literary authors are represented by other media embedded within or engaging in adaptations of their writings, whether the frontispieces inside their books or their representations in film, television, and new media adaptations of their works. She is particularly interested in how the dynamics of intermedial adaptation challenge and rework theories and concepts of literary authorship (See her ‘Screened writers’, published in 2012 and ‘Postmodern screened writers’, published in 2013.) For information about these and other publications, visit her university web page  or her page on


ashworth 2Jenn Ashworth is a writer. She’s published with independents, major London publishers and self-published her work. Her work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Turkish and US English (!). She’s a regular speaker at writing industries conferences, reviews fiction for The Guardian and mentors younger writers emerging into the publishing world. Her particular interests are in working to redefine what ‘success’ for an author might mean and in examining the competing demands a creative life and a publishing or academic career make on a writer. Her latest project involved co-founding an independent author-led publishing collective called Curious Tales, which specialises in small print run, illustrated books, interactive and hypertext web-only projects and theatrical performance events.


hinks 2Jim Hinks is the Digital Editor at Comma Press and a part-time Phd candidate at Edge Hill University, where he’s researching narratology in short fiction. Comma Press is an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short stories and translation. One of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, Comma’s authors have won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the BBC National Short Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, amongst others.



andy darby 2Andy Darby is a full-time PhD candidate at Lancaster University’s HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training with a particular focus on knowledge exchange and co-creation approaches. He holds an MRes in Digital Innovation from Lancaster University. Prior to pursuing graduate study, Andy honed his skills as a producer, editor and facilitator serving as Artistic Director at Lancaster’s long-running literary festival, litfest from 1996 to 2013. During that time he also chaired the National Association for Literature Development (2006-09), the publishers’ consortium Literature NorthWest (2007-11) and the countywide steering group for the Lancashire Witches 400th anniversary (2011-12).

IMG_2790Charlie Gere is Professor of Media Theory and History in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts. His main research at the moment is writing as material practice, which encompasses everything from the physical apparatus of writing, to experiments in literary form, and artistic engagements with writing, as well as the consequences for writing of developments in new media and networks. With his current book project, provisionally entitled Lacunae: Paratactical Writings in and around the Lake District and the North West of England, he is engaged in an undisciplined, ‘paratactical’ writing practice, which involves being open to chance connections and resonances. Visit his webpage here.


Our Early Career and Postgraduate Bursary holders:

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Marie-Alix Thouaille is a full-time PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her doctoral project studies the culturally laden figure of the unmarried female author as represented in Anglophone film and television since 1990. She is particularly interested in the ways in which the perception of sexual/textual/social disruptiveness of diegetic performances of female authorial identity has both reflected, and contributed to, broader contemporary debates about the cultural status and contribution of real-world female writers.

Twitter: @legomarie


Joanna Neilly lectures in German at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Her neilly 2research interests, broadly speaking, lie in the literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, and she is particularly interested in modes and means of cultural production, and how authors comment on these in their work. Joanna is now working on a new project about the figure of the author in literature, in particular, how German writers responded to the changing conditions of authorship across the nineteenth century. The project investigates the fictionalization of historic authors in literature from the period 1770-1914.



mayer 2Sandra Mayer is an Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellow (Austrian Science Fund) in English literature at the University of Oxford’s English Faculty and affiliated to Wolfson College. She is working on a post-doc project that is situated at the crossroads of celebrity and authorship studies and focuses on the closely aligned public personae of literary celebrity and celebrity politician in the career of Benjamin Disraeli.



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Samuel O’Donoghue is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish at University College London. His interest in authorship underpins two principal aspects of his research: first, his examination of how contemporary Spanish novelists have found in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu a paradigm through which to articulate their own mnemonic discourses on Spain’s twentieth-century history; second, his exploration of the inherently intertextual nature of trauma narratives, as witnesses of violent historical experiences use other authors as interlocutors in their reconstruction of the past. Visit Samuel’s personal webpage here.


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Sophie Corser is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis explores questions of authorship and readership provoked by the specificities of reading James Joyce’s Ulysses.



marsden 2Stevie Marsden is a final year PhD Researcher working on an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in collaboration with The Saltire Society, Edinburgh.  Her thesis will consider The Saltire Society’s literary awards within the context of prize and literary award culture.  She is particularly interested in book award culture in relation to gender, nationality, publishing history and book promotion and sales.



Alison Lutton has just completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her thesis is entitled ‘Authorship and the Production of Literary Value, 1982-2012’.

Andrea Selleri is an Associate Fellow at Warwick University. One of his main research concerns is the theory of “the author”, in all its declinations.