Dr Alexander Beaumont

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Alex coordinates the modules Contemporary Writing (L1); Literary Theory (L2);and British Literature: The State of the Art (MA). He teaches on Writing for Academic Success (L1); Gender and Writing (L1); and Gender and Sexualities in Contemporary Popular Culture (L3).

Alex 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. He is the author of Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has published essays on Channel 4, Thatcherism and the development of British cultural studies; Jeanette Winterson, exile and the British inner cities; and apocalypse and reproductive politics in the novels of Maggie Gee. He is in the early stages of a second book project on the position of northern England in urban, regional, national and archipelagic understandings the ‘British Isles'.

Research Interests

Alex has primary research interests in post-war British literature, film and television; Thatcherism and cultural politics; architecture, spatial practice and urban culture; freedom, neoliberalism and the novel; the representation of northern England; and biopolitics, governmentality and the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. He has developing interests in theories of everyday life; adaptation and transmediation; science fiction, virtuality and cyberculture; comics and sequential narrative; and the horror film.

He is a member of the Northern Theory School, an interdisciplinary network that gathers together researchers at universities in northerrn England who work in the field of critical and cultural theory. For more information, please visit the website here.

Publications and Papers

Books and Public Engagement


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

Beaumont, A. and Martin, D. (2016) ‘Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities.’ Literary Geographies 2(1), pp.1-15.

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

Public Engagement

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘The Meaning of North.’ Four Thought [radio] BBC Radio 4. 27 January, 20:45.

Chapters and Articles

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘Original Modern or a New Kind of Ordinary?’ Alluvium 4(3), n.p. [Internet] Available from: https://www.alluvium-journal.org/2015/06/26/original-modern-or-a-new-kind-of-ordinary/

Beaumont, A. (2015) ‘Reproductive Politics and the Public Sphere: Natalism, Natality and Apocalypse.’ In: S. Dillon and C. Edwards, eds. Maggie Gee: Critical Essays. London: 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. (2013) ‘“Epidemics of the Will” and the Uses of Freedom.’ evekosofskysedgwick.net, n.p. [Internet] Available from: http://evekosofskysedgwick.net/conferences/T20-AB.html.

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

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