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Dr Alex Phillips

Dr Alex Phillips

English literature tutor


I joined the Continuing and Professional Education team in 2015 to teach modules in crime fiction and maritime fiction.

I am also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University in Wales, where I teach ‘The Arts Past and Present’.


I gained my PhD at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, submitting a thesis entitled ‘In the Wake of Conrad: Ships and Sailors in Early Twentieth-Century Maritime Fiction’.

Published articles include ‘The Changing Portrayal of Pirates in Children’s Literature’ for The New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship (2011) and a book review of Margaret Cohen’s The Novel and the Sea in Comparative Literature (2013).


I have taught four modules in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

My research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century travel and adventure narratives. In July 2016 I gave a paper exploring the symbolism of the sea in three of Virginia Woolf’s novels at Swansea University’s ‘Women at Sea’ conference.


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