Dr Alexander Beaumont

Dr Alexander Beaumont

Alexander Beaumont received his BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter and holds an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of York. He completed his PhD at the University of York in 2011 and taught there until autumn 2013, when he took up his position as Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University.

In addition to level four undergraduate courses, Alex teaches modules on literary theory, contemporary literature, and gender and sexuality. He also teaches on the MA in Contemporary Literature.

He completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a member of the Northern Theory School, an interdisciplinary network that gathers together researchers at universities in northern England who work in the field of critical and cultural theory. For more information, please visit the Northern Theory School website



Alex's research interests focus on postwar and contemporary literature and culture.

His first book, Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), examines visions of urban space produced across a range of contemporary fiction in order to evaluate the legacy of British cultural studies in the field of literary production.

He has edited special issues of Literary Geographies and C21 Literature, and his work has appeared in Contemporary Literature and the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.

He has published essays on Hanif Kureishi, Jeanette Winterson, Maggie Gee, Alasdair Gray and Jeff Noon.

He has specific interests in Thatcherism and cultural politics; literary geography and representations of spatiality; freedom, neoliberalism and the novel; devolution, British constitutional culture and the representation of northern England; and biopolitics, governmentality and political theory.

He welcomes PhD proposals in any of these research areas.



Beaumont, A. (2015) Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Issues

Beaumont, A. and Magennis, C. (eds.) (2017) ‘The Melancholy Islands.’ C21 Literature 5(1).

Beaumont, A. and Martin, D. (eds.) (2016) ‘Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities.’ Literary Geographies 2(1).

Journal Articles / Book Chapters

Beaumont, A. (forthcoming 2018) ‘Dystopia and Euphoria: Time-Space Compression and the City.’ In: Pollard, E. and Schoene, B. (eds.) Accelerated Times: British Literature in Transition, Volume 5: 1980-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Beaumont, A. and Magennis, C. (2017) ‘Introduction’. C21 Literature 5(1) (PDF), pp.1-4.

Beaumont, A. (2016) ‘Ballard’s Island(s): White Heat, National Decline and Technology After Technicity Between “The Terminal Beach” and Concrete Island.’ In: Beaumont, A. and Martin, D. (eds.) Literary Geographies 2(1), pp.96-113.

Beaumont, A. and Martin, D. (2016) ‘Introduction’. Literary Geographies 2(1), pp.16-30.

Beaumont, A. (2016) ‘Literary Studies After the Spatial Turn’. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3(3), pp.395-405.

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘Original Modern or a New Kind of Ordinary?’ Alluvium 4(3), n.p. [Internet]

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘Reproductive Politics and the Public Sphere: Natalism, Natality and Apocalypse.’ In: Dillon, S. and Edwards, C. (eds) Maggie Gee: Critical Essays. Canterbury: Gylphi, pp.51-77.

Beaumont, A. (2014) ‘Exile and Freedom in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion: Venice, the British Inner Cities and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement.’ Contemporary Literature 55(2), pp.270-303.

Beaumont, A. (2012) ‘From Subculture to Urban Pastoral: Mapping the City, Mapping the Left.’ British Politics Review: Journal of the British Politics Society, 7(4), pp. 12-13.

Beaumont, A. (2010) ‘“New Times” Television? Channel 4 and My Beautiful Laundrette.’ In: Ho, E. and Hadley, L. (eds.) Thatcher and After: Margaret Thatcher and Her Afterlife in Contemporary Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.53-74.



Beaumont, A. (2016) ‘Cosmopolitanism Without a World? Ethics versus the Political in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.’ Keynote address presented to the Bath Spa Early Stage Researcher Conference, Bath Spa University, 16 May.

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘English Literature and Britain’s Norths / British Literature and England’s North.’ Keynote address presented to the Melancholy Empire: British and Irish Literature in the 21st Century conference, University of Salford, 16 April.


Public Engagement

Beaumont, A. (2015) Four Thought [radio] BBC Radio 4. 27 January.

Beaumont, A. (2013) ‘Epidemics of the Will” and the Uses of Freedom.’evekosofskysedgwick.net [Internet]

Beaumont, A. (2012) ‘The BBC and the North.’ opendemocracy [Internet]

Beaumont, A. (2012) ‘The Olympic Dream.’ Manchester Salon [Internet]

Beaumont, A. (2012) ‘Short Stories: English and Irish Authors Read Their Own Work Volume 1.’ Reviewed in: Viewfinder, 87, p. 25.