Dr David McWilliam

Title: Lecturer in Film Studies and English Literature
Phone: (+44) 01782 734575
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Location: CBB2.053
Role: Exams Officer for Film Studies; Convenor for Film and MCC SSLC
Contacting me: by telephone or email

I studied at the University of Sheffield for my BA in English Literature, gained an MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool, and completed a doctorate at Lancaster University on the subject of fictional empathy and criminal monsters in the neoconservative USA. Prior to joining Film Studies and English at Keele, I taught at Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores University, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

My research interests include crime, Gothic, neo-Victorian, and science fiction literature, film, and television in relation to contemporary politics, adaptation, monstrosity, posthumanism, and biopolitics. I have published articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedia entries in these areas.

I am currently working on converting my doctoral thesis, American Monsters: Identification with Criminals in the Neoconservative Era, into a monograph.

I am an active member of the British Association for American Studies and the International Gothic Association.

Journal Articles

‘London’s Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow’s Ripper Street’, Victoriographies 6.1 (2016).

‘Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (2016).

‘Perfect Enemies: Neoconservative Hunters and Terrorist Vampires in Joe Ahearne's Ultraviolet (1998)’, Gothic Studies, 15.1 (2013), 44-54.

Book Chapters

‘Fear and Loathing in Suburbia: School Shootings’, in Violence in American Popular Culture, ed. by David Schmid (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015).

Encyclopaedia Entries

‘Cenobites’, ‘Freddy Krueger’, ‘Pinhead’, and ‘Psychopath’, in The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, ed. by Jeffrey Weinstock (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014).

Selected Publications

  • McWilliam DS. Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 26(3).
  • Mcwilliam DS. London's Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow's Ripper Street. Victoriographies, vol. 6(1), 42-61. doi> link>

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Journal Articles

  • McWilliam DS. Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 26(3).
  • Mcwilliam DS. London's Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow's Ripper Street. Victoriographies, vol. 6(1), 42-61. doi> link>

I teach on Twentieth-Century Novels into Film, Film Texts and Contexts I: Film History and Theory, and supervise dissertations. I am in the process of designing new Film Studies modules.