News 2011

November 2011

Dr. James Peacock presented a paper on Jonathan Lethem's 'Omega the Unknown' at the Comics Forum at Leeds City Art Gallery.  Dr. Peacock's book on Jonathan Lethem will be published early in 2012. 

Colleagues in American Studies were saddened to hear of the death of Phil Melling on 11 November.  Phil was born in Wigan in 1947, the son of a miner.  He studied at the University of Manchester and Indiana University and taught in the Department of American Studies at Keele from 1973 until 1975.  Phil then went on to become the first head of American Studies at Swansea University, where he pursued his academic career until his retirement.  He is remembered for his academic work on the literature of the Vietnam war and American evangelicalism, for his play, Vietnam Hotel (1995), and for his passionate love of Rugby League.  Phil leaves behind his wife Sue and three children: Tom, Kirsten and Hannah.

September 2011

Dr. James Peacock presented a paper ('Give it away,now: Jonathan Lethem's Promiscuous Materials Project') to the Out of Print conference at the University of East Anglia.

July 2011


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American Studies Graduation, Wednesday, 6 July.  From left to right:  Sarah Jayne, Alex Leonard, Gwen Smith, Ellie Edmonds, Sarah Chetwyn, Chris Norwood, Josephine Simmonds, Tim Lustig, James Peacock, Laura Sandy, Megan Pritchard
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Charles Swann Award, Wednesday, 6 July.  Chris Norwood receives our annual prize for the best Dissertation on a literary topic from Tim Lustig. Ellie Edmonds receives our annual prize for the best Dissertation on a literary topic from Tim Lustig.
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Hats in the air!

May 2011

An American Studies doctoral student, Katie McGettigan, was a winner of one of the paper sessions at the seventh annual Graduate School Research Symposium, held at Keele Hall this week. Katie presented a paper on `The Literary Marketplace in the Later Fiction of Herman Melville'. Katie also has an article on Melville's Redburn forthcoming in the prestigious journal Notes and Queries.

April 2011

New research on religion and politics in the us presented at keele American studies colloquium 

"American Evangelicalism and the 1960s" was the topic of the Tenth International Colloquium organised by the David Bruce Centre for American Studies at Keele last week.

The Colloquium for the first time brought together younger scholars from the US, the UK and mainland Europe who in recent years have pioneered the reinterpretation of the New Christian Right, one of the most significant developments in modern US politics and culture. Participants presented new research on topics such as the relationship between conservative Protestants and corporate America, the counterculture, the sexual revolution, and the welfare state.

The colloquium, which was supported by the Research Institute for the Humanities, featured a well-attended and well-received keynote address by Professor Paul S. Boyer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), a leading American scholar in the field of cultural, intellectual and religious history. It also included a tour of the Englesea Brook Museum and Mow Cop Castle, the site of the 1807 Primitive Methodist Revival.

American Studies at Keele has been placed 10 (out of 26) in the Complete University Guide for 2012, up 4 places on 2011 - a significant achievement for a small teaching group. For details, see this link .

January 2011

Glen O' Hara, Reader in History, praises one-day conference at Keele

Guardian publish report on American Studies in Britain. Read analysis of skills, careers and postgraduate study.

Dr James Peacock attended the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies E-learning symposium in Southampton, where he presented a paper on using chat rooms for the teaching of literature.

Adam Newmark

Visiting scholar. Adam Newmark (Associate Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University) is currently Bruce Centre Fellow and is working with colleagues in American Studies and the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment. Adam received his MA from the University of Birmingham and his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal research interests include American politics, public policy, sub-national politics, interest groups, lobbying and environmental policy. Adam's paper on `The Anatomy of "Pork"' will be delivered in the David Bruce Centre in February.

December 2011

PhD student Katie McGettigan was awarded a scholarship to the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to attend a week-long course in the History of the Book in America in July 2012.