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Professor Katy Shaw

Professor of Contemporary Writings

Department: Humanities

Prof Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy is an expert in twenty-first century literature. She has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.

C21 Literature

Campus Address

103 Lipman Building

0191 227 4441


  • PHD English Literature (Lancaster)
  • PGCE Higher and Post Compulsory Education (Northumbria)
  • MRes English Literary Research (Lancaster)
  • MA (Hons) English Literature (Cambridge)
  • BA (Hons) English (Cambridge)

Research Themes and Scholarly

  • Contemporary Literature
  • Genre Fiction
  • Twenty-First Century Novel
  • Digital Writings
  • Community Writing

Key Publications and Outputs

  • Hauntology (Palgrave, 2018)
  • Contemporary Critical Perspectives: Jim Crace (Palgrave 2018)
  • Teaching the New English: C21 Genre (Palgrave 2016)
  • Crunch Lit: Twenty-First Century Genre Fiction (Bloomsbury 2015)
  • Literary Politics (Palgrave 2013)
  • Mining The Meaning: Re-Writing the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike (CSP 2012)
  • David Peace: Texts and Contexts, Sussex Academic Press (CSP 2010)
  • Analysing David Peace (CSP 2011)

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • New Writing North
  • Palgrave Macmillan

Professional Activity

  • Editor: C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings
  • Executive Member: UniEnglish – National Subject Association for English
  • Executive Member: BACLS (British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies)

Current and Recent Projects

  • Education Reports and Commercial Teaching Materials
  • British Literature Today: the inaugural British Council Literature Seminar: programmed seminar, host and author of teaching materials, Yasnaya Polyana, Russia Autumn 2016
  • British Council – website material for contemporary British authors 2015 –
  • Higher Education Academy: Teaching Post Millennial Fiction, National Teaching Report
  • British Council: Granta: Best of Young British 2013 Asia Tour and Teaching Materials: Bangkok 2014

PGR Supervision

Prof Shaw is an experienced supervisor who welcomes PhD candidates in all areas of contemporary writing, community history and the languages of comedy.


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