Hammill Faye Prof

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Prof Faye Hammill


Lord Hope Building


Tel : +44 (0)141 548 444 8344


Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2007, following posts at Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool. I am currently Professor of English and director of research for English studies. My research and teaching are in the areas of early 20th-century Canadian, British and American literature.  The keywords of my current work are 'sophistication' and 'middlebrow', and I concentrate mainly on prose fiction and on magazines.

Research Interests

Current research: I am working on a co-authored study of 'Modernism's Print Cultures' for Bloomsbury Academic. In 2015 I will hold a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project on 'Noel Coward, Popularity, and Print Culture.'

Books: I have recently finished my fifth monograph, a co-authored study of Canadian magazines and middlebrow culture, and it is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press in 2015. In 2010 I published my fourth book, Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History. See coverage of this in The New Yorker.com, The Globe & Mail, THE , Modernism/Modernity and on Radio 4. Sophistication was awarded the European Society for the Study of English biannual book award in the category of Literatures in the English Language. My earlier books are Women, Celebrity and Literary Culture Between the Wars (2007), Canadian Literature (2007, funded by AHRC Research Leave), and Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada (2003, winner of the International Council for Canadian Studies Pierre Savard award).

Other publications: these include essays on Stella Gibbons, Anita Loos, Ethel Wilson, John Glassco, Martha Ostenso, and Vanity Fair magazine. One of my recent plenary lectures. 'Wilderness / Sophistication' has been published by the British Library's Eccles Centre.

Collaborative projects: In 2011 I launched a two-year AHRC-funded project, 'Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960', in partnership with Dr Michelle Smith and with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory at the University of Alberta.  This project emerges from the AHRC Middlebrow Network, a transatlantic research group focussing on middlebrow cultures which I established in 2008, in partnership with Drs Mary Grover and Erica Brown at Sheffield Hallam University.  The Network remains active, with more than 250 members on the mailing list. A related project is my collaboration with Drs Hannah McGregor and Paul Hjartarson at the University of Alberta on the Modern Magazines Project Canada. This includes an academic workshop and public event which were held in August 2014.

Professional activities: I am currently a member of REF sub-panel 27 (Area Studies).  I was an associate editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale des études canadiennes from 2010 to 2013.  I was editor of The British Journal of Canadian Studies from 2005 until 2009, and am now on its editorial board, as well as those of Canadian Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature,  The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Imaginations.  I was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College from its inception in 2004, until 2013, and have sat on, and chaired, AHRC prioritisation panels.  I am now a Carnegie Research Assessor. I was on the Executive of the Council for College and University English from 2008 to 2014. During 2010-11, I co-organised an ESRC seminar series, Nostalgia in the 21st Century and I currently lead two research groups at Strathclyde, the Canadian Literature Reading Group and the research cluster on 'Literature, Culture and Place / Digital Humanities'.


Hammill summary cv July 2014

Research Interests

See above.

Research Supervision

I am currently supervising PhD projects on Asian-Canadian writing (Zhen Liu) and American and Canadian magazines in the early 20th century (Rachael Alexander, University Project Studentship). I have previously supervised theses on work, class and gender in Canadian literature 18902-1920s (Sarah Galletly, AHRC funded); the single woman in interwar novels (Emma Sterry); Canadian historical fiction (Mei-Chuen Wang); witches in modern fiction and poetry (Sarah Bruton) and 1930s women's writing (Ashlie Sponenberg).

Teaching Interests

I currently teach an Honours option, Literary Snobbery; a third-year option, America in the 1920s: Literature and Culture; and an M Litt option, Canadian Literature.  In both 2010 and 2011 I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award by my students.  I am a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Forthcoming Publications

Hammill, F and Michelle Smith. Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals 1925-1960. Liverpool University Press, 2015.

Hammill, F and Michelle Smith. "Mainstream magazines: Home and Mobility." The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. Oxford UP.

Hammill, F. "The New Yorker, the middlebrow and the periodical marketplace in 1925." Writing for the New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical. Ed. Fiona Green. Edinburgh UP. Jan 2015.


  • Noel Coward, popularity and print culture (BA Mid-Career Fellowship)

    Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jun-2015
  • Magazines and / as Media

    Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Jul-2014 - 30-Jun-2015
  • ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011

    Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)

    Period 05-Nov-2011 - 05-Nov-2011
  • Glasgow school days remembered

    Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)

    Period 29-Oct-2011 - 05-Nov-2011
  • Magazines, Travel And Middlebrow Culture In Canada 1925-1960.

    Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-May-2011 - 30-Apr-2013
  • ESRC Festival of Social Science 2010

    Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)

    Period 13-Mar-2010 - 13-Mar-2010
  • Nostalgia in the Twenty-First Century

    Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2010 - 30-Sep-2011

    Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jul-2008 - 30-Jun-2010
  • Workshop on 'Nostalgia'

    Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator)

    Period 08-Jun-2008 - 08-Jun-2008