Hammill Faye Prof

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Prof Faye Hammill




Tel : +44 (0)141 548 444 8344


I joined the department in 2007, following posts at Cardiff University (2002-7) and the University of Liverpool (1999-2001). I have a PhD in Canadian literature from the University of Birmingham (1999). Hammill cv

Research Interests

My research is in the field 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.  In 2010 I published my fourth monograph, 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). My other publications 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.

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 200 members on the mailing list (our Final Report on the funded period can be downloaded).  

I joined REF sub-panel 27 (Area Studies) in October 2012.  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 have been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College since its inception in 2004, and have sat on, and chaired, AHRC prioritisation panels.  During 2010-11, I co-organised an ESRC seminar series, Nostalgia in the 21st Century, and I am also on the Executive of the Council for College and University English. At Strathclyde I lead two research groups,  the Canadian Literature Reading Group and the research cluster on 'Literature, Culture and Place / Digital Humanities'.

Recent presentations include keynote lectures at five conferences: 'Rebecca West: Celebrity, Publicity, Memory' (New York University, September 2013), the British Association for Canadian Studies annual conference (April 2012), 'Literary Fame: Then and Now' (Wollongong, Australia, February 2012), 'Where is Here Now? Canadian Literary Study in the 21st Century' (British Library, Sept 2011),  and 'High and Low: Cultural Levels in Word and Image' (Dundee, June 2011). 

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

'Print culture, mobility, and the middlebrow / Imprimé, mobilité et culture moyenne'. Double special issue of International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale des études canadiennes, ed. Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith. Spring 2014.