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Dr David Shackleton

Dr David Shackleton


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2251 0787
2.07, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I joined Cardiff University in 2018 as a Lecturer in English Literature. My research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and culture, specifically the representation of time in literature, the links between literature and visual cultures, and the ways in which literature engages—or fails to engage—with the current environmental crisis.

I am currently writing a monograph called Anthropocene Modernism: Time, History and the Novel. By demonstrating how the experimental narratives of H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Olive Moore and Jean Rhys refigure the temporality of modernity and the historical situations into which they were thrown, this project offers an innovative assessment of the environmental politics of modernism.

My research has appeared or is forthcoming in Modernism/modernityThe Review of English Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture, and I interview regularly for the book-recommendation website Five Books.


I joined Cardiff University as a Lecturer in English Literature in 2018, having previously taught at the University of Exeter. I was awarded a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford, an MA in English Literature from University College London, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.





In the 2020-21 academic year, I am teaching the following modules:

  • Visions of the Future: Climate Change and Fiction (Year 3)
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America (Year 3)
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Year 2)

Previously, I have taught:

  • Spectral Femininities (MA), with Dr Becky Munford
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America (Year 3), with Dr Alix Beeston
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen (Year 3)
  • Drama: Page and Stage (Year 1)

Areas of expertise