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Dr Alison Gibbons BA (Hons), MA, PGcertHE, PhD

Reader in Contemporary Stylistics


Alison’s research explores contemporary, innovative forms of fiction through the lens of cognitive stylistics/poetics and cognitive narratology. This sometimes also includes undertaking empirical reception research, with response data from real-readers or participants. Alison’s current research is split between two larger projects: (1) mapping the forms of contemporary autofiction and its reading experience, including developing a cognitive account of fictionality; (2) charting the stylistic and narratological strategies as well as the literary tropes and thematic resonances of contemporary metamodernist fiction, including autofiction and Anthropocene fiction. In connection with this latter project, Alison is also interested in how global literature (such as Arab Spring Fiction) might contribute to our critical understanding of metamodernism as a cultural paradigm.

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