Eleanor Bell


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C20th Scottish Literature


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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 Literary Studies and founding co-editor (with Scott Hames) of the International Journal of Scottish Literature from 2006-2010.

Teaching Interests

I am course co-ordinator 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 convenor of the MLitt module on Contemporary Scottish Cultural Studies. 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 course convenor for three courses: Twentieth Century Literature, The Glasgow Novel and Detective Fiction.


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.

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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Research Output

'Five stones underneath': Literary representations of the Lockerbie air disaster

Bell, E., 26 May 2020, In : Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 61, 3, p. 341-353 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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: Cambridge University Press, p. 263-274 12 p.

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

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

    Author: Tasker, G. A., 7 Oct 2015

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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

    Author: Ryder, J., 1 Oct 2018

    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)


    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