Eleanor Bell


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Personal Statement

I joined the Faculty in 2001 as Leverhulme Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Scottish and Irish Literature. I have been a full-time lecturer in the School since 2004 and Senior Lecturer since 2012.

My general research interests are in twentieth-century Scottish literature, theories of the nation, literary criticism and cultural studies. My current research is on Scottish literary magazine culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. With Angela Bartie I co-edited The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962 (Cargo Publishing, 2012), which was launched in August 2012 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The research from this book inspired the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-2013. I have also published another co-edited book in this area (The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (Amsterdam: Rodopi 2013).

I am a member of the The Association for Scottish Literature and founding co-editor (with Scott Hames) of the International Journal of Scottish Literature from 2006-2010. I am also Chair of Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

Teaching Interests

I am course convenor of the MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies. The aim of this course is to give students a postgraduate education in aspects of English studies, particularly aspects which draw on the interdisciplinary possibilities of English studies. I am module leader of the MLitt module on Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies, as well as the English & Creative Writing Research Placement. Please contact me directly if you would like to know more about this degree.

I am currently course organiser for the Honours module in Sixties Britain: Literature, Culture, Counterculture. At third year level I am module convenor of The Glasgow Novel, Detective Fiction, and the English & Creative Writing Work Placement.

At second year level I teach The Construction of Scotland: Text and Context.


Research Interests

My research broadly focusses on twentieth century Scottish literature. I am author of Questioning Scotland: Literature, Nationalism, Postmodernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and co-editor of The Scottish Sixties:Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (Rodopi, 2013), The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962 (Cargo, 2012) and Scotland in Theory: Reflections on Literature and Culture (Rodopi, 2004).

I am currently working on Scottish literary magazine culture from 1960-1990. During 2018-2019 this work was supported by a Royal Society of Edinburgh small grant ('Little Magazine Culture in Scotland, 1960-1990').

Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss postgraduate studies in contemporary Scottish literature at Strathclyde.

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ethics and Scottish Literary Postmodernism, University of Dundee

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, University of Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Master of Arts, University of Dundee

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

External positions

External Examiner , Univ Aberdeen

1 Sept 2018 → …

External Examiner, National University of Ireland

1 Jun 2017 → …


  • scottish literature
  • twentieth century
  • national identity
  • detective fiction
  • 1960s


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