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Dr Jennifer Cooke

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Senior Lecturer in English

I joined Loughborough in 2007, after gaining my DPhil the same year from Sussex University. I became Senior Lecturer in 2014. I chair the Gendered Lives Research Group

My research interests lie in twentieth- and twenty-first-century writing, particularly contemporary poetics, life-writing, and fiction; in critical and literary theory, especially in theories of intimacy, affect, and emotion; gender and queer theory and feminism; and in the representation and politics of social and relational organisation. My teaching reflects these areas of expertise.

I am also a poet and regularly give readings in the UK and abroad.

With Paul Jenner, I convene the first-year core course Literary and Critical Theories and with Nick Freeman I convene the third-year Dissertation module. I offer a research-led module, Twenty-first-century Literature, to third-years.

I offer some seminars on the Creative Writing MA and three sessions on the School’s PGR training schedule.

I have seen several PhD students to completion. I am currently supervising PhDs on:

  • women’s performance writing and voice;
  • American minimalist writing;
  • migration and contemporary literature;
  • poetry and climate change;
  • trans lives and sports (co-supervised with a colleague from History).

I am a Fellow of the HEA. 

I am currently completing a monograph, The New Audacity: Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing, which identifies and examines a group who are writing about their lives and the lives of others in audacious new ways. They refuse shame; they unflinchingly confront sexual violence and other difficult life experiences, but do not want to be defined by them; they are disappointed by the lack of progress feminism has achieved. Different chapters examine rape narratives; the writing of sex and desire; the ugliness of unravelling; trans writing; and the limits of audacity. Authors I examine are: Katherine Angel, Alison Bechdel, Marie Calloway, Virginie Despentes, Sheila Heti, Juliet Jacques, Chris Kraus, Jana Leo, Maggie Nelson, Vanessa Place, Paul B. Preciado, and Kate Zambreno.

I am also editing a collection of essays, New Feminist Studies: Twenty-first-century Critical Interventions (CUP, forthcoming), to which I contribute the introduction and a chapter, ‘Twenty-first-century Feminist Manifestos and Manuals’. 

Within the Gendered Lives research group, I lead the Feminist Methodologies conference committee and am involved in the Trans Lives: East Mids project.

I chair the Gendered Lives Research Group at Loughborough. You can read details of our events and researchers on the blog, here.

I am on the Executive Committee for the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies as Treasurer.

I am a member of the Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community group; the British Association of Modernists; the Modernist Studies Association; the Loughborough Anarchist Research Group; the Love Research network; and the Protoform feminist poetics group.

I am Associate Editor for Contemporary Women’s Writing and on the Editorial Board for the Glyphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series. I regularly undertake peer-reviewing, including for Manchester University Press, Continuum, Bloomsbury, Palgrave, Gylphi, Textual Practice, Contemporary Women’s Writing, LIT, Somatechnics, and research proposals for the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust.

I’m regularly invited to speak at conferences and colloquia, which has recently seen me visit Cardiff University, Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and UC Santa Cruz.

My poetry is featured on Archive of the Now and a reading from my latest pamphlet, recorded in London, is up on the PennSound archive, here.

Apocalypse Dreams is available here and *not suitable for domestic sublimation, here.

My poetry has recently been anthologized in Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK and written about by David and Christine Kennedy in Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain, 1970-2010.

You can read about my latest poetry pamphlet here and follow the links to an interview about the work.

Follow me on Twitter @JenniferACooke for news of talks, poetry readings, and occasional cat updates.