Much of the School’s activity in this area is delivered through the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, which brings together numerous experts in the field from across and beyond the College of Arts.  The Centre is named after Andrew Hook FBA FRSE, Emeritus Bradley Professor of English Literature at Glasgow and an authority on Scottish-American literary relations.  

The School’s contribution to the work of the Centre is through its strengths in American literature, developed since 2007 with new senior appointments: Laura Rattray (an expert on Edith Wharton) and Stephen Burn (who works on postmodern American fiction and medical humanities).  The Andrew Hook Centre’s Co-Director, Chris Gair, edits Symbiosis: a Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations; the School hosted the Eighth Biennial Symbiosis Conference in 2011, which brought together researchers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies
Medical Humanities Research Centre

Associated Staff

Chris Gair

Dr Chris Gair

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Realism, Naturalism, Jack London, Mark Twain, Frank Norris, World's Columbian Exposition, White City, Charles Dickens

Stephen Burn

Dr Stephen Burn

Reader (English Literature)

Research interests: "Contemporary Literature"; "Experimental Fiction"

Marc Alexander

Professor Marc Alexander

Professor of English Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Semantics, Lexicology, Digital Humanities, Corpus Linguistics, Historical Thesaurus Of English, Stylistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Lexicography, Dictionaries, Thesauri, Metaphor, Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Legal Interpretation

Bryony Randall

Dr Bryony Randall

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Modernist literature (particularly women's writing); literature and the everyday; editing modernism; literary theory (particularly feminist and materialist approaches); literature and time; literature and work; the relationships between literature and the social sciences.

Scott Spurlock

Dr Scott Spurlock

Senior Lecturer in Scottish Religious Cultures (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Covenanters; Ecclesiastical History; Early Modern Britain & Ireland; Oliver Cromwell; Atlantic World; Migration Studies; Social History; English Civil War; Baptist; Dissenting Culture & Education; Medieval History; Ecclesiology; National Identity;Women Religious; Recusant Studies

Dr Laura Rattray

Reader in North American Literature (post 1900) (English Literature)

Research interests: American; Modernism; gender; transatlantic; Hollywood; Wharton; Fitzgerald; 1920s; 1930s; women

Jane Goldman

Dr Jane Goldman

Reader (English Literature)

Research interests: poetry and poetics; literary theory; modernism/avant-garde; Virginia Woolf studies; gender, sexuality, feminism; queer; ut pictura poesis

Mia Spiro

Dr Mia Spiro

Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Jewish studies, Jewish authors, Holocaust studies, fascism and anti-fascism, literature and political resistance, British modernism, minority literature, British Jewish history, Scottish Jewish history, Israeli literature and culture, Yiddish literature, Yiddish theatre

John Coyle

Dr John Coyle

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Comparative Literature, Literature and Music, Joyce, Proust

Helen Stoddart

Dr Helen Stoddart

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Architecture and Literature, Urban Literature, Film Studies, 21st Century Literature

Alan Riach

Professor Alan Riach

Professor of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and the Visual Arts