Dr Sophie Vlacos
- Lecturer in English Literature post 1900 (English Literature)
Research Interests: contemporary literature, Modernism, Continental philosophy, hermeneutics and contemporary critical theory.
Biography: I have a PhD in philosophy from Cardiff University (2011) and joined the School of Critical Studies at Glasgow in 2012. I have taught on a variety of (largely post-1900) courses within English Literature and supervise doctoral theses on a range of contemporary authors and theorists. In 2014 I published a monograph, Ricoeur, Literature and Imagination, with Bloomsbury, about Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of language and the history of modern literary theory. Parts of this work have been translated into Polish and Italian. I convene the undergraduate courses ‘Writing and Ideology’ and ‘Literary Theory’ and run a research-led postgraduate course on contemporary theory and fiction, entitled ‘Contemporary Realisms’. I also head-up the staff research cluster in Critical Theory.
Recent research activities include the ‘Theory Now’ conference, which I hosted in Glasgow March 2019 and an article for the American studies journal Symbiosis, entitled ‘Freedom and mauvais foi in Eliot and Franzen’ (Fall, 2018).
Grants: Carnegie Research Incentive Grant, ‘Gesture in German Expressionism’, £1,197, 2015.
Supervision: I am interested in supervising theses in many aspects of literary studies from the late 19th century onwards and particularly welcome projects with a strong philosophical or theoretical basis.
I currently supervise doctoral theses in the following areas:
Post-Arab Spring literature
W.B Sebald and the model
Theory-fiction and speculative realism
Contemporary literary depictions of Ottoman women
Geocritical readings of migrant fiction
Contemporary Realisms, MLitt course option (convenor)
Core contributions to the MLitt Modernities pathway
Dissertation supervision for Modernities pathway
Literary Theory (convenor)
Modern Literature 1890-1945
Modern Literature 1945-present day
2A Writing and Ideology (convenor)