Dr Kristian Shaw (completed 2015)

Dr Kristian Shaw (completed 2015)

Dr Kristian Shaw is currently a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln, specialising in contemporary and postcolonial literature. He joined the department in 2016. Before this he was a Lecturer in English at the University of Bolton.

Kristian's thesis was entitled "'A Unified Scene?' Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary British and American Fiction", completed in September 2015, and was supervised by Dr Nick Bentley and Dr Tim Lustig. This research examined the effects of globalisation, transnationalism, and information technology on twenty-first century literature. Kristian's PhD was fully-funded by an AHRC Doctoral award, an Acorn award, and a Santander Travel Bursary.

What did you gain from/enjoy about studying at Keele?

Keele has a vibrant and dynamic academic community with a clear emphasis on contemporary literature. The English team is extremely strong and generous with their support and advice. My supervisors ensured my research was focused and wide-ranging and, as a result, I passed my PhD Viva with no corrections.

What advice would you give to current PhD students wanting to go into academia?

I would advise current PhD students to stay true to their own plans for their projects. Resist the desire to just agree with amendments or restructuring. A camel is a horse designed by committee. If you have a clear vision it's always better to follow it through rather than compromise and allow your research to become anodyne or quotidian.



Kristian's publications:

  • Monograph: Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century British and American Fiction (Palgrave 2016)
  • Journal Article: ‘“A Passport to Cross the Room”: Cosmopolitan Empathy and Postcolonial Melancholia in Zadie Smith’s NW’, C21 Literature Journal, May 2016
  • Journal Article: ‘Cosmopolitan Futures: Global Fragility in the Fiction of David Mitchell’, English Academy Review, May 2015, 109-23
  • Journal Article: ‘A Unified Scene? Global Fictions in the C21’ Alluvium Journal, June 2015, n.p.
  • Book Chapter: British Ethnic Fictions in A Cambridge Companion to British Postmodern Fiction (Cambridge UP, 2016)
  • Book Chapter: ‘Teaching Contemporary Cosmopolitanism’ in Teaching the New English: Twenty-First Century Genre Fiction (Palgrave, 2016)
  • Book Review: Alexander Beaumont, ‘Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisment’, English Studies (May 2016)
  • Book Review: Kim Duff, ‘Contemporary British Literature and Urban Space: After Thatcher’, Journal of British Studies (August 2015)

NB:  all publications are contracted and/or written, pending press.