Dr Will Tattersdill

  • Senior Lecturer in Literature and Contemporary Fantasy Cultures (English Literature)


I wrote a PhD on science fiction in late-Victorian magazines at King's College London, following which I taught at the University of Birmingham for nearly a decade. After working both in Birmingham's literature and liberal arts and sciences departments, I moved to Glasgow in January 2023. At Glasgow I am closely affiliated with the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic and teach on the core course of our MLitt in Fantasy. I also lead the Literature and Science Lab.

My work focusses on the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in and by popular culture from around 1850 to the present day. I am particularly interested in exchanges between genre fiction and the sciences, and my current main project explores the ways in which dinosaurs mediate this perceived boundary and open possibilities for multidisciplinary collaboration. My other work has explored museum display, animals in the Star Trek franchise, counterfactual history, polar exploration, and speculative evolution, and I am currently editing H. G. Wells's short stories for the Oxford World's Classics series.

Research interests

  • Magazine history / periodical studies
  • Genre fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction
  • Literature and Science
  • Museums and Museology
  • Dinosaurs and Geology in popular culture
  • Interdisciplinarity and Disciplinary relationships
  • Alternate history
  • Victorian literature, especially sci fi
  • Contemporary fantasy
  • Worldbuilding
  • H. G. Wells
  • Star Trek
  • Form, especially length, as a characteristic of genre
  • Interactive fiction, especially choose-your-own adventures


  • L3 Contexts and Methods: Text, Time, Performance (co-convenor)
  • L4 A Periodical History of the Fantastic: Science Fiction and Fantasy in Magazines, 1880-Present (convenor)
  • L5 Fantasy 2 (convenor)
  • L5 World-building (convenor)

I also lecture on L1 The Novel and Narratology, L2 Writing the Body, and L4 Literature 1830-1914.

At previous institutions, I have taught (for instance) alternate history, the literature of the fin de siècle, the history of science fiction, victorian literature and science, interdisciplinary theory, and a survey course on prose.