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 Literature, is due to be published by Routledge in 2020.
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).
I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the British Association for Applied Linguistics, The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and the National Association for the Teaching of English. I am a member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLiE) and associate editor of the journal English in Education. I act as a reviewer for a number of other international peer-reviewed journals in stylistics, applied linguistics and education and have been an external examiner at the universities of Exeter, Leeds and Warwick.
LE1093 Literature in History
LE1095 Literary Genres in English
LE3121 Cognitive Poetics
Clark, B., Giovanelli, M. & Macrae, A. Integrating English, 1 Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) English: Shared Futures. Eaglestone, R. & Marshall, G. (eds.). Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer
I would be very interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students wishing to undertake research in any of the following areas:
Please do email if you are interested in working with me on any of the above
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