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Dr Barry Lewis

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Programme Leader BA English

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy at King's College, Cambridge University in 1984 and with a PhD in postmodern American fiction at the University of Sunderland in 1992. 

I have authored two monographs, co-edited a collection of essays, and published numerous book chapters and journal articles. My work has been translated into various languages, including Romanian, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Teaching and supervision

I am currently module leader for:

  • ELL141 Order from Chaos: Introduction to Narrative and Poetry
  • ELL225 X-Raying the Short Story
  • ELL264 Under the Red, White and Blue: American Literature, 1820-1920
  • ELL361 In Our Times: Contemporary British Fiction

Research interests for potential research students

My research specialisms are in contemporary British and American fiction (particularly Kazuo Ishiguro, Peter Ackroyd, Thomas Pynchon, and Paul Auster); critical theory (particularly postmodernism); and literary history.


Number of items: 6.


Lewis, Barry (2009) Teaching Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. The Explicator, 67 (3). pp. 154-57. ISSN 0014-4940

Book Section

Lewis, Barry (2012) “Vertical Perfection, Horizontal Inevitability in Richard Powers’ The Gold Bug Variations”. In: Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers. American Studies, 227 . Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 47-67. ISBN ISBN-10: 3825360818

Lewis, Barry (2009) Kazuo Ishiguro. In: British Writers: Retrospective Supplement III. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, pp. 149-164. ISBN 9780684315997

Lewis, Barry (2009) Joyce's City of Remembering. In: No Country for Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature. Reimagining Ireland (Vol 4). Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 157-77. ISBN 9783039118410

Lewis, Barry (2008) Thirty Two Short Paragraphs About The Gold Bug Variations. In: Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers. Dalkey Archive Press, London, pp. 75-89. ISBN 9781564785084


Lewis, Barry and Groes, S (2011) Kazuo Ishiguro: New Critical Visions of the Novels. Palgrave, London. ISBN 978-0230232372

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Last updated 28 February 2024