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Jennifer Cooke joined Loughborough in 2007 as a Lecturer in English, after gaining her DPhil the same year from Sussex University. She became Senior Lecturer in 2014 and has chaired the Gendered Lives Research Group since 2015. In 2015-2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Life-writing, Wolfson College, Oxford University. In 2019-2020 she is undertaking a Loughborough University Fellowship.  

She is a member of the Modern Languages Association; the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies; Feminist and Women’s Studies Association; the Love Research network, and a Fellow of the HEA. She served as Treasurer on the BACLS Executive Committee, 2016 – 2019.

She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, Associate Editor for Contemporary Women’s Writing and on the Editorial Board for the Glyphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series. She regularly reviews for Manchester University Press, Continuum, Bloomsbury, Palgrave, Gylphi, Textual Practice, Contemporary Women’s Writing, LIT, Somatechnics, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Jennifer is also a poet and regularly gives readings in the UK and beyond.  

Jennifer’s recent research has focused on contemporary literature, especially life-writing and poetry, and theories of feminism, sexuality, gender, queer, and trans theory, especially theories of intimacy, affect, and the emotions. She analyses the representation and politics of social and relational organisation. This has culminated in the monograph Contemporary Feminist Life-writing: The New Audacity and the edited collected New Feminist Studies: Twenty-first-century Critical Interventions (both CUP, 2020).

Her current monograph project is an examination of contemporary work and gender in literature. She is also involved in an international project aimed at poetic knowledge-sharing of translation and publishing practices between British and Chilean poets.    

Jennifer’s teaching areas of expertise are literary and critical theory, especially feminism, queer and gender theory, affect theory, and theories of intimacy and kinship. She teaches literature from the mid-twentieth to twenty-first century. She also occasionally teaches creative writing.

PhD Supervision – Current 

  • Oliver Haslam, ‘Minimalism in Contemporary American Fiction, 1970-2016’.
  • Lottie Hazell, ‘The Complicated Feminine in Food Writing: A Critical Study of Women, Gender and Emotional Labour in Food Memoir with a Creative Response’
  • Laura Lewis, ‘Climate Changed Induced Sea Level Rises and Verbatim Poetry’.
  • Hazel McMichael, ‘Figures of Ventriloquism’.
  • Katie Mulhern, ‘Feminism is Praxis: Reading and Theorising Acts of Making and Unmaking in Twenty-First Century Feminist Fiction’
  • Lauren Whitehouse, The Sporting Sphere and Being Genderqueer: Experiences of Physical Activity Throughout Life’.
  • Demi Wilton, ‘Locating the “Climate Refugee”: Environmental Displacements and World Literature’.

PhD Supervision – Past and Awarded since 2014

  • 2017      Teresa O’Rourke, ‘The Poetics and Politics of Liminality: New Transcendentalism in Contemporary American Women’s Writing’.
  • 2016      Jennifer Nichol, ‘Escape Artists: Adventure and Isolation in Women’s Writing at the Fin de Siècle’.
  • 2016      Georgia Walker-Churchman,‘This Demented Land: Representations of Madness in Contemporary Scottish Fiction’.
  • 2020      Contemporary Feminist Life-writing: The New Audacity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • 2020       ed. New Feminist Studies: Twenty-first-century Critical Interventions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • 2016       ‘Violations of Empathy’, New Formations 89/90, pp. 153-169.
  • 2015      Apocalypse Dreams (Bristol: Sad Press). [Poetry chapbook].
  • 2013      Scenes of Intimacy: Reading, Writing, and Theorising Contemporary Literature (London: Bloomsbury Academic)
  • 2013       ‘Intimacy, the Good Life, and Instructive Psychoanalytic Errors’, Textual Practice 27:6, pp. 943-960.
  • 2012      *Not Suitable for Domestic Sublimation (London: Contraband Press). [Book of poetry].
  • 2009       Legacies of Plague in Literature, Theory, and Film (London: Palgrave Macmillan).