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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Owen Clayton

My research interests include transatlantic visual culture of the long nineteenth-century, working–class studies and, increasingly, literature and homelessness. My next monograph will be on American literature and homelessness, focusing on the Progressive Era.  I will examine the work of a number of writers who experienced and/or wrote about American rooflessness, whether as ‘hoboes’, ‘tramps’, ‘migrants’ or ‘bums’. I have published articles and book chapters on William Dean Howells and Jack London. My first monograph, Literature and Photography in Transition, 1850-1915, came out with Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. In 2014, I organised ‘International Poetry Month’ for the No Glory in War campaign. I have worked as a peer-reviewer for numerous organisations, including Bloomsbury and The Chetham Society; I also sit on the Publications Board for The Tennyson Society. I write occasional, sometimes tongue-in-cheek (!) articles for the New Statesman. I welcome Ph.D applications within nineteenth- and early twentieth-century studies. I am currently supervising doctoral students working on Patricia Highsmith and social class, Alfred Tennyson and ‘Celticism’, and on notions of heroism and villainy in American WWII comics.

Department Responsibilities

I teach Victorian, Edwardian and nineteenth-century American Literature, among other subjects. I am the Level 1 co-ordinator for English, as well as the co-ordinator for the modules ‘Popular Culture’, and ‘A Dream Deferred: Class in American Literature’. I co-organise the Nineteenth-Century Research Group. This is a cross-departmental group that welcomes staff, students and members of the public alike. The group generally meets about 3 times a term. For further information, see the blog:

Subject Specialism

Literature and homelessness; British and American Literature; nineteenth-century photography; early film; Victorian visual culture; working class studies; Anglo-Saxonism; transatlantic literature; Alfred Tennyson.


  • Ph.D — University of Leeds,
  • B.A — University of Lancaster,
  • M.A — University of Lancaster,


  • William Dean Howells Essay Prize — William Dean Howells Society
  • Ambassador’s Award — British Association of American Studies
  • British Association of American Studies Travel Grant — British Association of American Studies

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Research Interests

  • early photography

  • Nineteenth-century British and American Literature

  • Visual Culture

  • working class studies

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow