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Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature, University of Exeter

Jo Gill is Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature in the Department of English. She teaches and researches in modern and contemporary English and American literature, and has particular interests and expertise in poetry, confessional and life writing, and in the cultures of the suburbs. Her most recent book, The Poetics of the American Suburbs, was published in 2013.

Her article "'Quite the Opposite of a Feminist': Phyllis McGinley, Betty Friedan, and Discourses of Gender in Mid-Century American Culture" (Women's History Review, 2013) won the Arthur Miller Centre Prize for the year's best American Studies essay. She was the Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded "Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network" (2011-14).

Jo is now working on a new book entitled Modern American Poetry and the Architectural Imagination and has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2015-16) for completion of this project. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. From January 2016, she has held the part-time role of Associate Dean for International & Development in the College of Humanities. 


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    Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature , University of Exeter