Professor Richard Gray
Richard Gray has been Professor and Distinguished Visiting Professor at several universities in the UK and USA, including Essex, Georgia and South Carolina. A former editor of the Journal of American Studies, he has published more than 20 books and over 50 articles on American literature. His books include The Literature of Memory: Modern Writers of the American South, Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (winner of the C. Hugh Holman Award), The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism, A History of American Literature (first and second editions), A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature, and After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11. He has received many awards for his work and co-organised conferences that include an international colloquium on the American South, held in Vienna and funded by the Austrian and British Academies (the proceedings were published as Transatlantic Exchanges: The American South in Europe-Europe in the American South). He is a regular speaker at international conferences, a reviewer for various newspapers and journals and a regular broadcaster for the BBC. His most recent book is A History of American Poetry. In 2016 he was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Professorship. He is currently completing a project titled Speaking the Unspeakable: American Writers and the Writing of Trauma.
University of Essex Emeritus Professor, Department of Literature
Oct 2015 -
University of Essex Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor in Literature
Jan 1969 -
Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region
Concentrating on moments of crisis in Southern history, as well as on major literary figures, Richard Gray shows how generations of Southerners have been engaged in ‘writing the South,’ reinventing their place as they describe it.
A History of American Literature
Covering the history of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present, Richard Gray pays close attention to the full range of fiction, drama and non-fiction that has been incorporated into the mainstream literary canon.
After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11
This book offers a detailed and intentionally provocative account of the impact of 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’ on American culture and literature. Richard Gray reveals the widespread belief among novelists, dramatists and poets – as well as the American public at large – that in the post-9/11 world …
The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography
by Richard Gray - Published in 1994 by Blackwell
Maybe Nothing Ever Happens Once and is Finished: Some Notes on Recent Southern Fiction and Social Change
by Richard Gray - Published in 2004 by British Library
The Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library Pamphlet Series
Professor John Barrell
English Language and Literature History of a specific country Britain in the 18th & 19th C. History of Art Theory of Painting Cultural Geography
Professor Ato Quayson
African and postcolonial literature; comparative work on tragedy across various literary traditions; disability and its representations; modern diaspora and transnational studies; urban studies