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    Dr Owen Clayton

    Senior Lecturer

    School of English & Journalism
    College of Arts

    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

    Professional Affiliations

    • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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