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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 modernist literature and culture, specifically the representation of time in literature, the links between literature and visual cultures, and the ways in which modernism engages—or fails to engage—with the environmental damage of the Anthropocene.

I am currently writing a monograph called Anthropocene Modernism: Time, History and the Modernist 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 about which they wrote, this project offers an innovative assessment of the eco-politics of modernism.

I have published articles in The Review of English Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture, and 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 2019-20 academic year, I am teaching the following modules:

  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Year 3)
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen (Year 3)
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America (Year 3), with Dr Alix Beeston
  • Spectral Femininities (MA), with Dr Becky Munford

Previously, I have taught:

  • Drama: Page and Stage (Year 1)

Areas of expertise