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Professor in English Literature, Durham University

Patricia Waugh joined the University of Durham's English Studies department in 1989 and has been a professor since 1997. She teaches widely in 19th and 20th-century literature and literary theory and criticism. Her special interests are in 20th-century literature, relations between modernism and postmodernism, women’s writing and feminist theory, utopianism, literary criticism and theory, and literature, philosophy and science. She has taught special topic and MA modules on: postmodernism reading modernism; post-war fiction; utopias and utopianism; literature, philosophy and the self; Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury; Science, Rhetoric and the Novel.

She has published numerous articles and several books in these research areas. Books include: Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-Conscious Fiction (1984); Feminine Fictions: Revisiting the Postmodern (1989); Practising Postmodernism and Reading Modernism (1992); The Harvest of the Sixties: English Literature and its Backgrounds 1960-90 (1995); Revolutions of the Word: Intellectual History and Twentieth Century Literature (1997).

For relaxation, she takes her greyhound Billy and border collie, Molly, for walks and pursues interests in film, theatre, music and dance.


  • –present
    Professor in English Literature, Durham University