Angus Brown

(Former)

Research interests

As a researcher I want to draw attention to the ways in which reading gives shape to contemporary cultures. My postgraduate research worked out a set of approaches with which to investigate the style of close reading in and around the twentieth-century university. I am currently revising my thesis into a book that will offer one of the first sustained accounts of the cultural influence of close reading from the mid-1920s to the present.

My Leverhulme-funded project, Book Lovers, considers the history of affect in contemporary reading. In pursuing this work, I want to develop a new approach to book history and to the archive that refigures the relationship between reader-response criticism and bibliography in order to explore how the material and textual structures of the book can open up private moments as well as social histories.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

    Between Lines: Close Reading from Practical Criticism to Queer Theory

    Oct 2010 - Oct 2014
  • Master of Arts, University of Leeds

    MA in American Literature & Culture

    Sep 2008 - Sep 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds

    BA in English Literature

    Sep 2005 - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • PR English literature - Contemporary Literature, History of Reading, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, Digital Humanities, Literary Theory, History of Criticism
  • PS American literature - Contemporary Literature, History of Reading, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, Digital Humanities, Literary Theory, History of Criticism