Dr. Robert Duggan

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrington, HA211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3032

Subject Areas: English and Linguistics

Dr Robert Duggan is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and author of The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2013). Robert has published widely on modern British literature and his research explores experiments in literary form and genre in the work of writers including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Will Self, Iain Banks, Toby Litt and China Miéville.

Robert is research active in the area of Literature and Cultures and is a member of the Literature and Cultures Research Group.

Full Profile


Robert's principal area of research is contemporary British fiction and includes publication on a wide range of authors from the 1970s to the present. His work draws on different disciplines but retains a core focus on contemporary literature, in particular shedding light on generic traditions and the intertextual relations between current authors and their precursors and through this reconsidering important aspects of contemporary culture. Robert's most recent work has focussed on spatiality in contemporary fiction and its generic and political dimensions.

Prior to joining UCLan in 2013, Robert was Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester, where he taught undergraduate students and supervised postgraduates to successful PhD completion and he has taught English at Keele University and the University of Manchester.


Ph.D. English, University of Kent, 2001
M.A. Modern English and American Literature, University College Dublin, 1994
B.A. (Hons) English and French, University College Dublin, 1993


Research Projects

Envisaged research projects for the near future include an article on the experimental use made of Polish writer Bruno Schulz’s fiction in contemporary writing in English, that examines the influence on contemporary fiction of European 'minor literature' and its mediations on issues of identity.



Associate of the HEA


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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Robert is currently Course Leader for the B.A. in English Literature and is module leader for the core final year module EN3005 The Shock of the New: Modern and Contemporary Literature, the first year module EN1218 Literature, Criticism and the War Against Cliché and the second year option module EN2406 The Graphic Novel. He also teaches on a range of modules including comparative literature.


 Robert has recently presented conference papers at:

UCLan Literature Symposium, UCLan May 2015

'The State of the Culture' on Iain M. Banks, Brunel University 11 September 2013

‘Rupert Thomson: A Critical Symposium’ University of Manchester June 2013

‘Weird Council’ on China Miéville, Birkbeck College, University of London 15 September 2012.

‘Contemporary Literature and its Contexts’ University of Manchester 1-2 July 2010.

‘Crime Cultures’ Portsmouth University 14-16 July 2008

‘The Novel and its Borders’ Aberdeen University 8-10 July 2008

English Research Seminar Series at the University of Manchester April 2008.