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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 literature in the context of the 1960s. The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962 (Cargo Publishing, 2012), which I co-edited with Angela Bartie, was launched in August 2012 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The research from this book inspired the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-2013. You can read more about our 1962 project here. I have recently 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 Literary Studies and a member of the ARHC Peer Review College.

I was Co-editor of the International Journal of Scottish Literature from 2006-2010.

Teaching Interests

At second year level I teach 'The Construction of Scotland: Text and Context'. This is an interdisciplinary elective course, open to students from across the University (co-taught with Dr David Goldie). At third year level I offer courses on The Glasgow Novel and Detective Fiction. I also teach a Masters level course ('Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies') as part of the MLitt in Literature, Culture and Place.

Research Interests

My research focusses broadly on Scottish literature throughout the twentieth century. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss postgraduate studies in this area at Strathclyde.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Master of Arts, University of Wales

Master of Arts, University of Dundee

External positions

External Examiner , Univ Aberdeen

1 Sep 2018 → …

External Examiner, National University of Ireland

1 Jun 2017 → …


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

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Projects 2007 2019

Quality Conversations in the ADR course

Bell, E.

15/05/14 → …

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)

ADR - Setting SMART Objectives course

Bell, E.

8/05/14 → …

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)

Research Output 1998 2018

Rejecting the knitted claymore: the challenge to cultural nationalism in Scottish literary magazines of the 1960s and 1970s

Bell, E., 1 Dec 2018, British Literature in Transition, 1960–1980: Flower Power. McLoughlin, K. (ed.). Cambridge, p. 263-274 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
Cultural Nationalism
Literary Magazine

Into the centre of things: poetic travel narratives in the work of Kathleen Jamie and Nan Shepherd

Bell, E., Dec 2014, Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on her Work. Falconer, R. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 126-134 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access


'Cosmonaut of inner space' : an existential enquiry into the writing of Alexander Trocchi

Author: Tasker, G. A., 1 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Bell, E. (Supervisor) & (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Politics and the problem of speaking for others in the work of Naomi Mitchison

Author: Ryder, J., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Bell, E. (Supervisor) & Goldie, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award

Eleanor Bell (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Strathclyde University Teaching Excellence Award

Eleanor Bell (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1998 2019

Guest lecture on James Roberston

Eleanor Bell (Speaker)
14 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Edinburgh World Writers' Conference - Cultural, Creative and Economic Benefits

Eleanor Bell (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Economic and commerce