Dorothy Butchard

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I research and teach contemporary literature and digital cultures, with particular interest in creative responses to technological change in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

My research traces connections between contemporary literature and digital cultures in American, British, and international anglophone literature and visual arts. My first monograph, Digital Anxiety in Contemporary Literature (currently in process), discusses the intersection of digital technologies and literary writing in the decades around the turn of the millennium. Digital Anxiety draws on literary criticism and cultural theory to explore how poetry, fiction and digital works published in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century reconfigure the tropes, conventions and aesthetic innovations of earlier eras to grapple with the conceptual and practical shifts of an emerging "digital age."

More broadly, my interests in twentieth and twenty-first century literature include: popular cultures, genres and new media; emergent literary forms including digital poetics and experimental writing; surveillance studies and creative responses to changing power structures in technologized environments. 


I joined Birmingham in 2016. Before this, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IASH), after completing my doctoral thesis and masters at the University of Edinburgh.

Willingness to take PhD students