Steven Earnshaw is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam. He was previously Head of English and Course Leader of the MA Writing, and currently leads on practice-based PhDs. His teaching covers literature from the Victorian Period to the Twenty-First Century, literary theory, and creative writing.
Steven Earnshaw is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam. His publications include The Memory Clinic (2016, short story collection), Beginning Realism (2010), Existentialism (2006), The Pub in Literature (2000), and The Direction of Literary Theory (1996). He is the editor of The Handbook of Creative Writing (2014, Second Edition, Edinburgh University Press) and three edited collection on postmodernism. His short stories are also published in various magazines, and he has written essays on creative writing and other topics such as the Brontës. He has been involved in digital art collaborations and was co-founder of the magazine Proof. Current research is on The Existential Drinker (Manchester University Press), due for completion 2017.
Steven was previously Head of English and Course Leader of the MA Writing, and currently leads on practice-based PhDs. His teaching covers literature from the Victorian Period to the Twenty-First Century, literary theory, and creative writing. Current PhD supervisions on literature range across ‘Wilkie Collins and the Inheritance Plot’ and ‘Authentic Relationships in Contemporary Literature: A Feminist Endeavour’, and creative-writing PhD supervision has included work on ‘The Dramatic Monologue’ and ‘David Fram: Lithuanian Yiddish Poet of the South African Diaspora’/Illuminating Love (novel).
He initiated and supervised the Heritage Lottery-funded project, ‘The Sheffield Flood Claims Archive’, which digitised and made publicly available compensation claims following the bursting of the Dale Dyke Dam in 1864. He has been external examiner at a number of institutions, for literature and creative writing degrees and courses. In 2016 he established the ‘Time and Temporalities’ cluster for the Drinking Studies Network and is due to complete a book on ‘Time in Literature’ for 2019.
Specialist areas of interest
Drinking and Literature
Onomastics (names and naming)
BA English Literature
Literature in the Twentieth Century
Literary Theory and the Philosophy of Literature
Current research projects
The Existential Drinker
Time in literature
Second short story collection
Selected research projects
Sheffield Flood Claims Archive
Collaborators and sponsors
Heritage Lottery Fund
EARNSHAW, Steven (2016). Habitual Drunkards and Metaphysics : Four Case Studies from the Victorian Period. The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 28 (2), 143-160.
EARNSHAW, Steven (2015). Drink, dissolution, antibiography: the existential drinker. In: HAILWOOD, Mark and TONER, Deborah, (eds.) Biographies of Drink. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, 204-222.
EARNSHAW, Steve (2012). “Give me my name”: naming and identity in and around Jane Eyre. Brontë Studies, 7 (3), 174-189.
EARNSHAW, Steve (2012). 'Men couldn't imagine women's lives': teaching gender and creative writing. In: FERREBE, Alice and TOLAN, Fiona, (eds.) Teaching gender. Teaching the new English . Palgrave Macmillan, 83-101.
EARNSHAW, Steve (2011). Why Eliot killed Lydgate: 'joyful cruelty' in Middlemarch. In: MOUSLEY, Andy, (ed.) Towards a new literary humanism. Palgrave Macmillan.
Fiona Martinez, ‘Authentic Relationships in Contemporary Literature: A Feminist Endeavour’
Julia Podziewska, ‘Wilkie Collins and the Inheritance Plot’
Riyukta Raghunath, ‘Alternative Realities: Counterfactual Historical Fiction and Possible Worlds Theory’
Andrew Jackson, ‘The Polar Sublime in Contemporary Poetry of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration’ (Cr Wr PhD)
Ben Wilkinson, ‘The Poetry of Don Paterson’
Felicity Skelton, ‘The Afterlife of Survival: a thematic guide to contemporary Canadian short fiction’
Shelley Roche-Jacques, ‘Time, space and action in the dramatic monologue’ (Cr Wr PhD)
Hazel Frankel, ‘David Fram: Lithuanian Yiddish Poet of the South African Diaspora’/Illuminating Love (novel)
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