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School of English and Drama

Dr Alexandra Parsons


English Teaching Fellow



My work focuses on modern and contemporary literature and visual cultures, with particular interests in queer histories, life-writing, feminisms, and the 1980s. My book on queer icon Derek Jarman’s life-writing will be published by Manchester University Press next year. I have taught in the Department of English since 2016-17, where I am currently a Teaching Fellow. Alongside my teaching at Queen Mary, I have a postdoctoral fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art to support my research into queer activist visual cultures of the 1980s and 90s, and I lecture on MA modules in sexualities and gender studies at UCL. I also work part-time at Wellcome Trust in their Public Engagement team, and I’m a non-executive director of campaigning organisation Stop Funding Hate.

Undergraduate Teaching

This year I’m convening: ESH394 Writing Modern London, ESH275 Queering Utopia and giving lectures on: ESH293 The London Contemporary.
Previously I have taught on: ESH293 The Long Contemporary, ESH213 Modernism, ESH6037 Thresholds of America: The Spatial Imaginary in American Fiction since 1930, ESH6036 Contemporary American Popular Culture, ESH275 Queering Utopia


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