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Professor of Modern & Contemporary Literature, Newcastle University

Anne has worked at Newcastle University since she was appointed as a lecturer in 1999. Anne has research and teaching interests in contemporary fiction and poetry, the intersections between creative and critical writing, medical humanities, memory studies, and the literary representation of grief and mourning.

Anne's monograph, Relating Suicide, has been published with Bloomsbury Press (Academic), as one of the first publications in the Critical Interventions in the Medical and Health Humanities series.

With the support of the Catherine Cookson Foundation, Anne will work with David de la Haye in 2023-24 to create a sound work that focuses on the grassroots memorial site in a copse of trees near the Angel of the North.

Anne has written the monograph Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: An Intervention in Medical Humanities (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Anne co-edited with Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
Anne's other books include Memory: New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2008) and Theories of Memory: A Reader, co-edited with Michael Rossington (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). Anne is also the author of Trauma Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), and she co-edited with J. J. Long the first collection of essays on W. G. Sebald to be published in English. Anne has published articles in Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature and Textual Practice and she co-edited a special issue of Feminist Theory on feminism and affect with Carolyn Pedwell (2012). Anne has held research grants from the AHRC to support her work on trauma and on memory.


  • –present
    Professor of Modern & Contemporary Literature, Newcastle University