Stuart Purcell

Stuart Purcell


Research Title

The New Writing: Media, Practice, and Time

Research Summary

My research focuses on contemporary literary practice and media theory. My thesis analyses writers working in a cross-media capacity, in both print and digital, specifically in the novel form and on the Twitter platform, from a media theory-based perspective. At the same time, it explores the functional characteristics and structural biases, particularly in terms of temporality, of print and digital media from a literary practice-based perspective.


More specifically, I apply Marshall McLuhan’s media studies (primarily those of his posthumous texts, The Laws of Media and The Global Village) to four contemporary, cross-media literary practitioners (Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, and Tao Lin) via case study analysis, examining the role that the medium plays as a part of their literary productions – their novels and Twitter works – as well as simultaneously illuminating the often unseen functionalities and biases of print and digital media by viewing them through the lens of literary practice. 


Stuart J. Purcell, ‘Teju Cole’s small fates: Producing Leisure Space and Leisure Time on Twitter’ in Carnicelli, S., McGillivray, D., and McPherson, G. (eds.), Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2016).


-          AHRC Scholarship Award, October 2013, fees and stipend for PhD study.

-          Principal’s Early Career Mobility Scheme, May 2016, funding to act as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York.


-          English Literature 2A: Writing and Ideology.

Additional Information


Affiliation(s) Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Glasgow (XPMGla) research cluster: [co-founder].

Team XPMGla, Winners (1st prize - £1,000), CREATe (the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy) Hackathon, May 2016: