Professor Faye Hammill
- Professor of English Literature and Canadian Studies (English Literature)
My research is on literature and print culture in North America and Britain in the early to mid twentieth century. I have specialisms in:
- Periodical Studies
- Modernism and Middlebrow Culture
- Canadian Studies
- Literature and the ocean liner
My current project is called "Ocean Modern" and will be funded by an AHRC Research, Development and Engagement fellowship from August 2023. I'm investigating the powerful symbolism and contested meanings of the ocean liner in twentieth-century literature. I'm also exploring the liner as a space for literary activity: looking at reading and writing afloat, as well as on-board libraries, bookshops and printing presses.
So far I've published two articles emerging from this research: one in Symbiosis: Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations 24 (2020), accessible on my academia.edu page, and one in British Journal of Canadian Studies 35.1 (2023). I am lead supervisor for a PhD project on "Ocean Liners: Cultures of Promotion", funded by a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith studentship. Here is a blogpost I wrote in July 2020 about the RMS Olympic arriving in New York, 100 years earlier, and I posted an image of my archive work on the RSE website.
I have given several talks on ocean liners, including at the Charing Cross Rotary Club (on the RMS Queen Mary), at Nottingham Trent University's Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (Nov 2020; recording available: follow link and go to bottom of the page), at the King's Maritime History seminar (recording available), at a public event at the V&A, at the International Port and Maritime Studies Network 2020 conference, in the Transatlantic Literary Women series at Glasgow, at the British Association for Modernist Studies 2019 and 2022 conferences, the Scottish Maritime History conference and elsewhere. In connection with my interest in maritime heritage, I am a member of the Education and Tourism Sub-Committee of the Friends of the TS Queen Mary, and a Trustee of the Unicorn Preservation Society.
I have recently completed an edition of a 1929 novel, The Young May Moon, by Canadian-American-Norwegian author Martha Ostenso. The project was funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, and the book is published by Borealis Press. I wrote the Introduction for a new edition of Margaret Kennedy's WWII memoir Where Stands a Wingèd Sentry, published by Handheld Press in March 2021. Here is a video of the book launch. I also spoke at a public event on Kennedy organised by English P.E.N. I am a member of the Textual Editing Lab at the University of Glasgow.
In 2016 I published my sixth monograph, Modernism's Print Cultures (Bloomsbury), with Mark Hussey. My previous books include two prize-winning monographs, Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History (2010), winner of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)'s biannual book prize in English Literature, and Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada (2003), winner of the International Council for Canadian Studies' Pierre Savard Award.
Middlebrow, Modernist, and Magazines Research
In 2008, I set up the AHRC Middlebrow Network, which now has over 400 members. Several of my later projects developed from the Network: for instance, "Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada", funded by the AHRC, and involving collaboration with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC). The book emerging from this project, co-authored with Michelle Smith, appeared in 2015. One of the talks, focusing on fashion and given at the Tailored Trades network event in Exeter, is available online. A related project that I was a CI on is "Modern Magazines Project Canada", led by Hannah McGregor and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Hannah and I, with Paul Hjartarson, edited linked special issues of two journals on the topic of "Magazines and/as Media." The issue of English Studies in Canada is now available open-access. I also held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2015) for a project on "Noël Coward, Print Culture and Popularity", which was centred on themes of cutural hierarchy.
In 2022 I contributed to BBC Radio 4's "Front Row", talking about Walton and Sitwell's Facade (1922). Here's a blogpost that I wrote for Anthem Press on the topic of middlebrow, and one from 2020 for the "Circulating American Magazines" project, on "What is a mass-circulation magazine?" I contributed an entry on Cold Comfort Farm to the Crossed Lines online exhibition on telephones in literature.
I am co-editor of Palgrave's book series "Material Modernisms", and a member of the University of Glasgow's 'Modernism, Avant-Garde and Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture' research cluster. I am a patron of the International Magazine Centre.
Hammill, F. and Smith, M. (2015) Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960. Liverpool University Press: Liverpool. ISBN 9781781381403 (doi: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381403.001.0001)
Hammill, F. (2007) Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture Between the Wars. Series: Literary modernism series. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292726062
Hammill, F. (2003) Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada 1760-2000. Series: Cross/cultures (63). Rodopi: Amsterdam ; New York, NY. ISBN 9789042009158
I am available to discuss potential PhD or masters projects in Canadian or American literature (especially of the early 20th century), middlebrow culture, periodicals, or maritime topics.
I am currently first supervisor for Eamonn Connor's interdisciplinary project on ocean liners and leisure cruising (with Art History and Marketing). I am second supervisor for Kari Sund, working on the Hollywood novel, and Nadia-Terese Laguna Franks, working on post-truth fiction.
I have supervised 9 PhDs to completion as lead supervisor. Most recently, at Glasgow, I supervised Alexandra Abletshauser, working on Canadian fiction in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At the University of Strathclyde, where I worked from 2007 to 2017, I was lead supervisor for David Rush, for a PhD on Nancy Mitford; Rachael Alexander, working on American and Canadian women's magazines of the 1920s; Zhen Liu, with a project on Asian-Canadian Literature; and Sarah Galletly, whose thesis was on work, class and gender in turn-of-the-century Canadian writing.
In my previous positions at Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool, I supervised projects on British women's writing of the 1930s (West, Jameson, Holtby), Canadian historical fiction; the single woman in interwar fiction; and witches in 20th-century literature.
- Franks, Nadia Terese Laguna
What is Post-Truth Literature? Navigating Western Disaster..
My teaching specialisms include American and Canadian literature, modernist literature, and periodical studies.
I regularly teach a course on "Canadian Literature" that is available to Senior Honours or M.Litt students, and a block of seminars on the core course for the "American Modern Literature" masters degree.
At Masters level, I contribute to the "Modernities" core course and the "Encountering Environments" course. At Junior Honours, I have contributed to teaching on Modern Literature I: 1890-1945; American Literature I and II; and the "Readers" section of the core course. I have taught on Pre-Honours courses 2a: Writing and Ideology and 1b: The Novel.
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2021: Fellow (Royal Society of Edinburgh)
- 2021: Fellow (English Association)
- 2012: Book Award for Literatures in the English Language (European Society for the Study of English)
- 2004: Pierre Savard Book Award (International Council of Canadian Studies)
- 2001: Fellow (Advance HE (HE Academy))
- 2015 - 2015: British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
- 2008 - 2008: Eccles Centre Fellowship, British Library
- 2023 - 2024: AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2018 - 2021: Research Excellence Framework 2021, Panellist, UoA 25 Area Studies
- 2012 - 2014: Research Excellence Framework 2014, Panellist, UoA 27 Area Studies
- 2018 - 2021: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, PhD panel
- 2014 - 2015: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Research Incentive Grants panel
- 2004 - 2013: AHRC, Peer Review College member; panellist; panel chair
- 2021 - 2022: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Adjudication committee, Aid to Scholarly Journals
- 2023 - ongoing: Research in Maritime History book series (Liverpool UP)
- 2020 - ongoing: Modernism / modernity
- 2019 - ongoing: Journal of Modern Periodical Studies
- 2018 - ongoing: Book History
- 2016 - ongoing: English Studies in Canada
- 2015 - ongoing: Anthem Series in Book History
- 2009 - ongoing: Canadian Literature
- 2009 - ongoing: Journal of Commonwealth Literature
- 2009 - ongoing: British Journal of Canadian Literature
- 2009 - ongoing: Imaginations
- 2006 - ongoing: Studies in Canadian Literature
Professional & learned societies
- 2011 - 2016: Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland
- 2001 - 2009: Council Member, British Association for Canadian Studies
- 2008 - 2014: Executive Committee Member, Council for College and University English
Selected international presentations
- 2020: Keynote, International PG Port and Maritime Studies Network conference (Belfast)
- 2018: Keynote, "Big Magazines" conference (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
- 2014: Keynote, ACCUTE at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Brock University, Canada)
- 2013: Keynote, International Rebecca West Society (New York University, US)
- 2012: Keynote, "Literary Fame" conference (University of Wollongong, Australia)
A full CV is available on my academia.edu page.
- Fellowship of Royal Society of Edinburgh, awarded 2021
- Fellowship of the English Association, awarded 2021
- University of Glasgow Research Culture Award, 2019
2016-17 - Deputy Associate Principal (Research, KE and Innovation), University of Strathclyde
2011-17 - Professor of English, University of Strathclyde
2007-11 - Senior Lecturer in English, University of Strathclyde
2001-07 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English, Cardiff University
1999-01 - Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool
1995-99 - PhD in Canadian Literature, University of Birmingham
1992-95 - BA (Hons) English with French, University of Birmingham
Roles at University of Glasgow
- Director, Arts Lab (2020-2022) and Deputy Director (2018-20)
- Deputy REF Champion, English Language and Literature (Sept 2018-)
- University Research Strategy and Policy Committee (2018-2021)
- GCRF Co-ordination Group (2018-2020)
- Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Panel D representative (2017-18)