The Contemporary Novel

Writing and the now

The department’s commitment to research into the Contemporary Novel reflects the dynamism and multi-dimensionality of the form in the late-20th and 21st centuries.

Our academic research engages with formal and intellectual consequences of living in a culture saturated by a profusion of media and images, whilst our creative practitioners explore and extend the idioms through which we express our experience of the contemporary condition. Both academics and writers are invested in the continuing social and aesthetic utility of the novel as the unparalleled means of charting the world around us.

Our work on the contemporary novel includes prize-winning fiction by our creative writing staff, literary linguistic analyses of the novel, and studies of authors such as Gordon Burn, James Kelman, Eugene McCabe, Colum McCann, Tom McCarthy and Graham Swift.

Academic staff with related research interests