Christopher Lynch Becherer

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Research title: ‘Terry Pratchett’s Ankh-Morpork and the Development of Urban Fantasy from the 1980s to the Present’

Research Summary

My research is a study on the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, with a focus on the later novels.

I read Pratchett’s Discworld through the lens of Neo-Victorianism, as well as ecocriticism, cartographic theories, and the politics of space. I pay particular focus to the relationship between imperialism, technology, and fantasy in Pratchett’s work, as well as his texts’ ambivalence toward the State.

As a personal side project, I also research temporality in Ursula Le Guin’s fantasy work.


  • ‘Kaleidoscopic Temporality and the Future’ in Temporal Discombobulations: Time and Experience of the Gothic, August 2016.
  • Review of Anna Vaninskaya’s Fantasies of Time and Death in The Journal for the Society of Utopian Studies, 31.1. (to be published).


  • £1,000, The Thomas Reid Bursary, September 2015. 


  • Various papers on Ursula Le Guin and Terry Pratchett at conferences, including at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Sussex, 2016 onward.


  • GTA on English Literature 2B Writing and Text 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

Additional Information

Organisational Comittees

  • Co-Curator Academic Strand, CYMERA Festival, June 2019.
  • Founding member of Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations symposium, 2016-2017.
  • Co-Editor, From Glasgow to Saturn creative writing journal, 2015-2016.