Professor Faye Hammill

Deputy Associate Principal


Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2007, following posts at Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool. I am currently Professor of English and Deputy Associate Principal (Research, KE and Innovation). In my DAP role, I oversee Strathclyde's research council operations (for AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) and our citation strategy. My research and teaching are in the areas of early 20th-century Canadian, British and American literature and print culture, and I am co-director of the Research Centre for Literature, Culture, and Place. In the 2014 REF, I was a member of Subpanel 27 (Area Studies). See my page for a cv.

Work address: School of Humanities, Lord Hope Bldg, Univ of Strathclyde, 141 St James Rd, Glasgow, G4 0LT


Has expertise in:

    • Canadian studies
    • early twentieth-century literature
    • transatlantic middlebrow and modernist cultures
    • magazines and print culture
    • sophistication and celebrity

Prizes and awards

ESSE biannual book award for Literatures in the English language (for Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History)
Inaugural member of Young Academy
Eccles Centre Fellowship, British Library
Executive Committee, Council for College & University English
Pierre Savard book award for best book in Canadian Studies (for Literary Culture and Female Authorship Between the Wars)

more prizes and awards


Noël Coward, Rebecca West and the modernist scene
Hammill Faye
Modernist Cultures Vol 11, pp. 351-369, (2016)
Hammill Faye
Popular Modernism and Its LegaciesPopular Modernism and Its Legacies, (2016)
Modernism's Print Cultures
Hammill Faye, Hussey Mark
New Modernisms, (2016)
Mainstream magazines : home and mobility
Hammill Faye, Smith Michelle
The Oxford Handbook of Canadian LiteratureThe Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature, (2015)
Noël Coward and the Sitwells : enmity, celebrity, popularity
Hammill Faye
Journal of Modern Literature Vol 39, pp. 129-148, (2015)
Introducing magazines and/as media : the aesthetics and politics of serial form
Hammill Faye, Hjartarson Paul, McGregor Hannah
English Studies in Canada Vol 41, pp. 1-17, (2015)

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I currently teach two Honours option classes: 'Modern Periodicals' covers magazines and newspapers from Vogue to The Crisis, and 'Literary Snobbery' explores themes of class and taste in popular and canonical texts published between 1850 and 1950. I teach a class on Canadian literature for the M Litt programme in 'Literature, Culture and Place'.

Research interests

Current research: I am currently working on an edition of a novel by Canadian author Martha Ostenso. I am also collaborating on a project on Noel Coward, and in 2015 I held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for individual research on 'Noel Coward, Popularity, and Print Culture.' I am collaborating also with colleagues in Strathclyde Business School on research about libraries as transformative spaces.

Books: My sixth monograph, Modernism's Print Cultures, co-authored with Mark Hussey, came out in August 2016. My previous book was Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals 1925-1960 (2015), co-authored with Michelle Smith. In 2010 I published  Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History. See coverage of this in The New, 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 Noel Coward and the Sitwells; Stella Gibbons; Anita Loos; Ethel Wilson; Martha Ostenso; and magazines such as Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. One of my recent plenary lectures. 'Wilderness / Sophistication' has been published by the British Library's Eccles Centre. I have written reviews for the TLS and THE, most recently a review of What Middletown Read in June 2015 (THE) and one of Robertson Davies' diaries in 2016 (TLS).

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 300 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, funded by SSHRC and leading to special journal issues (English Studies in Canada and Journal of Modern Periodical Studies; both 2015). During 2010-11, I co-organised an ESRC seminar series, Nostalgia in the 21st Century and I currently lead  the Canadian Studies Reading Group at Strathclyde, as well as co-directing the Centre for Literature, Culture and Place.

Professional activities: For the 2014 REF, I was a member of 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 (now University English) from 2008 to 2014. I was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland (2011-16) and am featured in their brochure on mid-career women.

Talks: I have recently given keynote lectures at the BAAS postgraduate conference on collaboration (2015), which was filmed, ACCUTE in Canada (2014), the International Rebecca West Society in New York (2013) and the British Association for Canadian Studies (2012). My most recent invited talks, during autumn 2015, were at the 'Gender and History in the Americas' seminar series at the IHR (audiorecorded); the London Modernism Seminar; the Book to the Future festival in Birmingham; and a post-conference workshop at the Modernist Studies Association. Forthcoming talks include keynote lectures at conferences on "Mediating American Modernism"(Oct 2018) and "Editing the Twentieth Century" (Sept 2017).

CV: See my page

Professional activities

Research Seminar paper: "Magazines and Transatlantic Style"
Invited speaker
Invited panel contribution (Research Landscape: UKRI, Stern, Brexit)
Invited speaker
External examiner for PhD thesis
External Examiner
External examiner for PhD thesis
External Examiner
Launch event for 'Women in Academia Now' and Athena Swan workshop
Invited speaker
The Space Between (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Noel Coward, popularity and print culture (BA Mid-Career Fellowship)
Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jun-2015
Magazines, Travel And Middlebrow Culture In Canada 1925-1960.
Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2011 - 30-Apr-2013
Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2008 - 30-Jun-2010
Martha Ostenso's The Young May Moon: A Critical Edition
Hammill, Faye (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 31-Dec-2017
Magazines and / as Media
Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator)
Academic workshop (Edmonton), public KE event, 2 special journal issues, funded by SSHRC (Connections Grant) and RSE (Fellows' travel grant).
Period 01-Jul-2014 - 30-Jun-2015
Workshop on 'Nostalgia'
Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Hammill, Faye (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Kathleen (Co-investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator) Wagner, Beverly (Co-investigator)
A one-day event with internal and external speakers, funded by Bridging the Gap (£1200).
Period 08-Jun-2008 - 08-Jun-2008

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