Dr Emma Lister

  • Tutor (English Literature)

email: Emma.Lister@glasgow.ac.uk

English Literature, 5 University Gardens, Room 403, Glasgow G12 8QH

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Research interests

Research interests

  • the book
  • materiality
  • embodiment(s)
  • technology (particularly digital and textual)
  • time and narrative
  • poststructuralism and textuality
  • postmodernism
  • contemporary literature and culture



I maintain an ongoing interest in Alasdair Gray having orbited my doctoral dissertation around him and am working on a monograph with the provisional title Technologies of Resistance: Alasdair Gray and the Form of the Book.  I contributed to a televised feature on Gray for BBC 1’s The One Show.

I have been teaching at the University of Glasgow since 2006 and gained my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees here. My PhD in English Literature (The Limits and Powers of the Technological Text) was SAAS funded as was my Masters degree, an MSc in Information Technology.  SCRAN funding obtained consequent to my MSc dissertation project (a database prototype cataloguing the art of Ife, Nigeria) helped fund my roles as Digital Media Officer at the Hunterian Museum and project assistant to Professor Frank Willett; a CD-ROM we developed and produced together, The Art of Ife: A Digital Catalogue and Database, was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Peter Amaury Talbot prize for African Anthropology.  As well as my roles at Glasgow, I have in the past been Co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School based at the University of Edinburgh, and co-editor of SUISS’s creative writing collection Northern Light.


I welcome the opportunity to supervise students in my areas of research interest.

Currently I supervise an American Modern Literature MLitt project exploring the intersections of feminism, immigration and identity in contemporary American writing.  One of my 2022 Modernities MLitt supervisees won the Walter and Anne Wyatt Postgraduate Memorial Prize in English Literature for their A1-graded dissertation ‘All Light, Everywhere? An investigation into methods of surveillance resistance as represented in contemporary visual culture’.


Teaching for 2023-24

Postgraduate: Modernities 2 MLitt (Core)

Honours: Honours Dissertation Convenor; Literature 1890-1945

Pre-Honours: 2A Writing Ecologies (Deputy Convenor); 2B Writing the Body 


Past Teaching at Glasgow:

Programme Convenor: Modernities MLitt

Course Convenor: Modernities 2 (MLitt); American Modern Literature 2 (MLitt); Contemporary Realisms (MLitt); Literature 1945-Present (Hons); 2A Writing and Ideology (Pre-Hons)


PGT: Modernities 2 (MLitt); American Modern Literature 2 (MLitt); Contemporary Realisms (MLitt); General MLitt; MLitt Dissertation Supervisor

Honours: American Literature 1; American Literature 2; Literature 1945-Present; Literature 1890-1945; Literary and Linguistic Computing for English; Honours Dissertation Supervisor

Pre-Honours: 2A Writing Ecologies; 2A Writing and Ideology; 2B Writing and Text; 1B Writing and Self 

Pre-Honours in Comparative Literature: 2C Cinema in Slavonic Culture; 1A Heroic Men; 1B Heroic Women; 1C Heroes in Slavonic Culture.