Dr Eleanor Bell

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the Faculty in 2001 as Leverhulme Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Scottish and Irish Literature. I have been a full-time lecturer in the School since 2004 and Senior Lecturer since 2012.

My general research interests are in twentieth-century Scottish literature, theories of the nation, literary criticism and cultural studies. My current research is on Scottish literary magazine culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. With Angela Bartie I co-edited The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962 (Cargo Publishing, 2012), which was launched in August 2012 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The research from this book inspired the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-2013. I have also published another co-edited book in this area (The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (Amsterdam: Rodopi 2013).

I am a member of the The Association for Scottish Literature and founding co-editor (with Scott Hames) of the International Journal of Scottish Literature from 2006-2010. I am also Chair of Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.


'Five stones underneath' : Literary representations of the Lockerbie air disaster
Bell Eleanor
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction Vol 61, pp. 341-353 (2020)
Rejecting the knitted claymore : the challenge to cultural nationalism in Scottish literary magazines of the 1960s and 1970s
Bell Eleanor
British Literature in Transition, 1960–1980 Flower Power (2018) (2018)
Into the centre of things : poetic travel narratives in the work of Kathleen Jamie and Nan Shepherd
Bell Eleanor
Kathleen Jamie Essays and Poems on her Work (2014) (2014)
Bell Eleanor
The Scottish Sixties Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (2013) (2013)
Writing nation? : experimentation and the 1960's
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The Edinburgh companion to scottish women's writing (2012) (2012)
Bella caledonia : woman, nation, text
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English Studies Vol 93, pp. 249-250 (2012)

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I am course convenor of the MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies. The aim of this course is to give students a postgraduate education in aspects of English studies, particularly aspects which draw on the interdisciplinary possibilities of English studies. I am module leader of the MLitt module on Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies, as well as the English & Creative Writing Research Placement. Please contact me directly if you would like to know more about this degree.

I am currently course organiser for the Honours module in Sixties Britain: Literature, Culture, Counterculture. At third year level I am module convenor of The Glasgow Novel, Detective Fiction, and the English & Creative Writing Work Placement.

At second year level I teach The Construction of Scotland: Text and Context.


Research interests

My research broadly focusses on twentieth century Scottish literature. I am author of Questioning Scotland: Literature, Nationalism, Postmodernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and co-editor of The Scottish Sixties:Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (Rodopi, 2013), The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962 (Cargo, 2012) and Scotland in Theory: Reflections on Literature and Culture (Rodopi, 2004).

I am currently working on Scottish literary magazine culture from 1960-1990. During 2018-2019 this work was supported by a Royal Society of Edinburgh small grant ('Little Magazine Culture in Scotland, 1960-1990').

Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss postgraduate studies in contemporary Scottish literature at Strathclyde.

Professional activities

Guest lecture on James Roberston
'From Modernism to the Counterculture: reappraising the literary significance of the Edinburgh International Writers’ Conference, 1962
External Examiner 'But this Cliff is not Dead: An Ecocritical Reading of Hugh MacDiarmid' Jasmine Blasiotti
Muriel Spark Centenary Symposium
External Examiner for MLitt in English
The Quest for Truth in Fiction: The Scottish Literary Response to Lockerbie

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Little Magazine Culture in Scotland, 1960-1990
Bell, Eleanor (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Quality Conversations in the ADR course
Bell, Eleanor (Academic)
Quality Conversations in the ADR course
ADR - Setting SMART Objectives course
Bell, Eleanor (Academic)
ADR - Setting SMART Objectives course
Strathclyde Programme in Research and Leadership: Masterclass in Supervising Research.
Bell, Eleanor (Academic)
Strathclyde Programme in Research and Leadership: Masterclass in Supervising Research.
Competition Doctoral 2010 Grant | Murphy, Roseannah
Bell, Eleanor (Principal Investigator) Edwards, Sarah (Co-investigator) Murphy, Roseannah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 20-Jan-2018
Competition Doctoral 2010 Grant
Bell, Eleanor (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2016

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