Biography

I read English at the University of Cambridge and took my MA and PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I’ve taught at the Universities of Florence, Geneva and St Andrews as well as at Keele, and was Head of the School of Humanities at Keele from 2009-2014. 

I am a former Chair of University English (the subject association for HE English in the UK,) and of the Arts and Humanities Alliance, an umbrella group of around 50 UK Arts and Humanities Learned Societies. I served on the UUK Open Access Monograph subgroup and the British Academy Strategic Forum for the Arts and Humanities. I am currently Deputy Chair of the review group of the English Subject Benchmark Statement for the QAA. I am a Fellow of the English Association.

Research and scholarship

My doctoral research was a feminist study of Utopian fiction in the early modern period, out of which issued my anthology of Three Early Modern Utopias for Oxford World's Classics. I remain interested in utopian fiction and in feminism, but my interests are wide-ranging: I have written on Shakespeare, on representations of memory, history and photography in inter-war literature; on intersections between fiction and economy; and on the nature and value of English and the Humanities more generally. A recent interest is Medical Humanities: I have published on television medical dramas and the state of the NHS and am currently completing an article on William Hunter’s Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus.

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Selected Publications

  • Bruce SE. 2016. Fictional Bodies, Factual Reports: Public inquiries, tv drama, and the interrogation of the NHS. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 1-18, vol. 14(1). doi> link> full text>
  • Smits K and Bruce S. 2015. Feminist Moments Reading Feminist Texts. Bloomsbury Publishing. link>
  • Bruce SE. 2015. Utopian Justifications: More's Utopia. Settler Colonialism, and Contemporary Ecocritical Concerns. College Literature, 23-43, vol. 42(1). doi>
  • Bruce SE. 2012. Utopia: Colonialists, Refugees and the Nature of Sufficiency. In Utopian Moments. Davis JC, 's MA, Avilés M (Eds.). Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bruce SE. 2012. ‘Using Your Profanisaurus: Comparisons, Analogies and Cultural Capital in Two English Literature Seminars.’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 12(1). doi>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Smits K and Bruce S. 2015. Feminist Moments Reading Feminist Texts. Bloomsbury Publishing. link>
  • Bruce S and Steinberger R. 2010. Renaissance Literature Handbook. Continuum Intl Pub Group.
  • Bruce S. Wagner V and Bruce S (Eds.). Fiction and Economy: New essays on Economics and Literature. Palgrave.
  • More T, Bacon F, Neville H. 1999. Three Early Modern Utopias. Oxford Paperbacks.
  • Bruce S. 1998. William Shakespeare, King Lear. Columbia Univ Pr.

Journal Articles

  • Bruce SE. 2016. Fictional Bodies, Factual Reports: Public inquiries, tv drama, and the interrogation of the NHS. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 1-18, vol. 14(1). doi> link> full text>
  • Bruce SE. 2015. Utopian Justifications: More's Utopia. Settler Colonialism, and Contemporary Ecocritical Concerns. College Literature, 23-43, vol. 42(1). doi>
  • Bruce SE. 2012. ‘Using Your Profanisaurus: Comparisons, Analogies and Cultural Capital in Two English Literature Seminars.’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 12(1). doi>
  • BRUCE SE. 2007. 'Sherston's imaginary friend: Siegfried Sassoon's autobiographical prose and the idea of photography'. Biography, 173-193, vol. 30(2). doi>
  • Bruce S. 2007. Illusions of Absence: Disappearances, Displacements and the Limits of Responsibility in The Winter's Tale and The Remains of the Day. Intermedialites, 77-94, vol. 10. doi>
  • Bruce S, Jones K, McLean M. 2007. Some Notes on a Project: Democracy and Authority in the Production of a Discipline. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Cultur, 481-500, vol. 7(3). doi>
  • BRUCE SE. 2005. 'Sympathy for the dead: (g)hosts, hostilities and mediums in Alejandro Amenábar's "The Others"'. Discourse, 21-40, vol. 27(2-3). doi>
  • Bruce S. 2003. Mamillius and Leontes: Their Final Exchange. ANQ, A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, 9-12, vol. 16(3). doi>
  • Bruce S. 2001. Shakespeare: Comedies and Late Plays. This Year's Work in English Studies, 277-282, vol. 79(1).
  • Bruce SE. ‘Reason, Belief and Mortality in Thomas More's Utopia.’. Philological Quarterly: devoted to scholarly investigation of the classical and modern languages and literatures, 267-286, vol. 75.

Chapters

  • Bruce SE. 2012. Utopia: Colonialists, Refugees and the Nature of Sufficiency. In Utopian Moments. Davis JC, 's MA, Avilés M (Eds.). Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bruce S. 2007. 'Shakespeare: The Comedies'. Andrew H and Lisa J (Eds.). Palgrave.
  • Bruce S. 2007. 'There's none/Can truly say he gives, if he receives'. Timon of Athens and the possibilities of generosity, or, the gift of a stranger. Wagner V and Bruce S (Eds.). Palgrave.
  • Bruce SE. 1997. ‘Virgins of the World and Feasts of the Family: Sex and the Social Order in Two Renaissance Utopias,’. In English Renaissance Prose: History, Language and Politics. Tempe Arizona: MRTS.

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