Nathan Waddell

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Up-to-date information about my research can be found at my personal website.


I’m a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham’s Department of English Literature, where I’ve worked since October 2017. You can find out more information about me at my personal website, here.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

My work for the foreseeable future will be concerned with various projects on the lives and writings of Wyndham Lewis and George Orwell. As a result, I’m currently best placed to supervise postgraduate research in these areas, though I will consider proposals for theses on twentieth-century literature more generally.

Current PhD students include:
- William Bateman, ‘Landscape, Exile, and Form in the Collected Works of D. H. Lawrence’
- Daniel Buckingham, '"Licence to Tease": Satire, Apology, and Celebrity in the Mid-Century Middlebrow'
- James Hirst, ‘Modernist Magazines, Editing Networks, and Short Fiction’
- Liam Knight, 'Dystopian Literature in the Twenty-First Century: An Endotextual Account'
- Katie Lowe, '#MeToo: Female Rage in Literary Modernism and Contemporary Women's Writing'
- Helen Alexander, ‘From Music and Dance to Poetry and Prose, Music is Life: Developing a Literary Theory of Musicality through an Analysis of Thomas Hardy’s Life and Work’

Completed PhD students include:
- Emily Heathcote, 'Julian Barnes, John Fowles, and B. S. Johnson: Case Studies in the Postmodern, the Author, and Text Editing' (2020)
- Hollie Johnson, 'Ecodystopia: Environmental Apocalypse and the Ecocidal Imagination' (2018)
- Emma Zimmerman, 'Architexture: Space, Form, and the Modernist Novel' (2015)

In addition to the above-mentioned students, I’ve acted as the internal examiner for multiple PhD theses at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham, and as the external examiner for theses at King’s College, London; the University of Liverpool; the Open University; Queen’s University, Belfast; and the University of Strathclyde.