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Harriet Earle

Dr Harriet EH Earle FHEA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing


I joined the Department of Humanities as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing in 2017. I teach on the BA Creative Writing and the BA English. My research focuses on representations of violence and trauma in visual culture, especially comics. I’m also interested in how we can use images to tell old stories in new, different ways.  I am the author of Comics: An Introduction (2020) and Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War (2017).


I am a comics and pop culture scholar, with special interest in representations of trauma, conflict, and violence. Although I am primarily a theoretician, I teach on the Creative Writing BA and very much enjoy bringing my research into the practical arena. I’m interested in socially-engaged writing and the ways in which we can use our creative outputs as tools for social engagement and social change, a theme that comes through in all my teaching.  I am a research fellow at the Centre for War, Atrocity, and Genocide at Nipissing University in Canada.

Specialist areas of interest

Writing with images
Socially-engaged writing
Comics studies
Representations of traumatic experience and violence
Science Fiction
Conflict and war narratives


Subject area


BA Creative Writing; BA English


  • Story and Image (BA level 4 core module)
  • Introduction to Critical Theory (BA level 4 core module)
  • Creative Writing: Short Story (BA Level 5 core module)
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy (BA level 6 option module)


At the moment, I am writing a book with my co-author at CWAG on the Vietnam War in American comics. We are aiming to produce a comprehensive study of the ways in which comics from 1945 to the present day have engaged with the USA’s longest war. I am also working on smaller projects about PTSD in comics, and issues surrounding translation in visual forms.  My research aims to answer the question 'so what'? I want to write about why we should care about these issues. What is it about the current climate that makes comics important documents in the wider discussions of people and politics?

Research Fellowship - Centre for War, Atrocity and Genocide at Nipissing University, Canada


Journal articles

Earle, H. (2021). Traumatic Absurdity, Palimpsest, and Play: A Slaughterhouse-Five Case Study. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Earle, H. (2020). The Politics of Lace in Kate Evans’ Threads: From the Refugee Crisis (2017). The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship, 10 (1), 13.

Earle, H., & Clark, J. (2019). Telling national stories in American Horror Story. European journal of American culture, 38 (1), 5-13.

Earle, H. (2018). A new face for an old fight: Reimagining Vietnam in Vietnamese-American graphic memoirs. Studies in Comics, 9 (1), 87-105.

Earle, H. (2018). Conflict then; trauma now : reading Vietnam across the decades in American comics. European Journal of American Culture, 37 (2), 159-172.

Earle, H. (2017). Epistemic Breaks, Post-9/11 Trauma, and Siri Hustvedt. ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 30 (3), 198-202.

Earle, H. (2017). “A Convenient Place for Inconvenient People”: madness, sex and the asylum in American Horror Story. The Journal of Popular Culture, 50 (2), 259-275.

Knowles, S., Peacock, J., & Earle, H. (2016). Introduction: Trans/formation and the graphic novel. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 52 (4), 378-384.

Earle, H. (2016). Strange migrations: an essay/interview with Shaun Tan. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 52 (4), 385-398.

Earle, H. (2016). Creating the traumatic body : female genitals as wounds in Antichrist. Film International, 14 (1), 35-43.

Earle, H.E.H. (2014). My Friend Dahmer: The comic as Bildungsroman. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 5 (4), 429-440.

Book chapters

Earle, H. (2021). Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis. In Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives. (pp. 589-600).

Earle, H. (2019). Persepolis. In Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives. De Gruyter

Earle, H. (2019). Comics and Graphic Novels. In The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction. Routledge


Earle, H. (2020). Comics An Introduction. Routledge.

Earle, H. (Ed.). (2019). Gender, Sexuality and Queerness in American Horror Story Critical Essays. McFarland.

Earle, H. (Ed.). (2019). Gender, Sexuality and Queerness in American Horror Story Critical Essays. McFarland.

Earle, H. (2017). Comics, trauma, and the new art of war. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Postgraduate supervision

PhD in History and Visual Narratives (2nd supervisor)

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