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Dr Steven EarnshawProfessor Steven Earnshaw


Phone 0114 225 4163

Current work

A broad area of interest is the significance of ‘names and naming ’ within disciplines such as literature, linguistics, philosophy, social sciences, natural science, and neuropsychology. ’
I continue to weave in and out of other areas of research, for example the figure of the writer, Existentialism, ‘drink’. I am a peer-reviewer for the AHRC, and lead on creative-writing PhDs at Sheffield Hallam University.

Key publications

2013 ‘Writing and 'the lash of criticism' ’ (in The Blackwell Companion to Creative Writing, ed. Graeme Harper; working title)

2012 'Give me my name'. Naming and Identity In and Around Jane EyreBrontë Studies 37.3

2012 'Men Couldn’t Imagine Women’s Lives'. Gender and Creative Writing’, in Teaching Gender (Alice Ferrebe and Fiona Tolan, eds. Palgrave Macmillan)

2011 ‘Why Eliot Killed Lydgate. 'Joyful Cruelty’ in Middlemarch ’, in Towards a New Literary Humanism (Andy Mousley, ed., Palgrave Macmillan)

2010 Beginning Realism (Manchester University Press)

2007 The Handbook of Creative Writing (Editor; Edinburgh University Press), incl. the essay, 'The Writer as Artist'

2006 Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum Press)

2005 Ten Hallam Poets (Co-Editor with Sean O'Brien and E. A. Markham; Mews Press)

2000 The Pub in Literature: England’s Altered State (Manchester University Press)

1996 The Direction of Literary Theory (Macmillan/Palgrave)


Winner of the Brontë Society Literary Competition (Essay), 2011. 'Truelove'. Names and Jane Eyre'

Of The Handbook of Creative Writing one reviewer writes 'this volume will become a touchstone for all who value creative writing as an engaging art, and an art of engagement' and the book continues to be cited as of particular value for those interested in creative writing

Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed has an international web presence, and is frequently referred to in the main web guide to Existentialism (Tameri, 'Existential Primer'). It also appears on degree courses as recommended reading, and on some counselling sites. The book went into a reprint in its first year

I initiated and was project manager for the 'innovative' digital humanities project, 'The Sheffield Flood Claims Archive'. This received Heritage Lottery Funding (£50,000) and has attracted interest from around the world, with hits running into thousands

The Pub in Literature is now regarded as a major contribution to this area of study. I was invited to be a commentator at an inaugural session of the newly-found 'Centre for Drinking Studies' at Warwick University (2010). The related website is frequently referred to as an important resource.

Academic profile

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