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Prof Alexandra Harris BA (Oxon), MA (London), D.Phil. (Oxon)

Professor of English English


Personal Statement

I read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and art history at the Courtauld Institute in London, before returning to Oxford for my doctorate and coming to Liverpool as a lecturer in 2007. I enjoy thinking about literature in relation to art, design, landscape, and the history of taste; I am also interested in reputations, afterlives, and literary biography. My first book, Romantic Moderns, was published in 2010, and my short biography of Virginia Woolf is now out in paperback. 'Weatherland: Artists and Writers under English Skies' was published in 2015. I review for the national press, speak regularly at venues around the UK, and present arts documentaries on Radio 3 and 4. Please see for links to programmes and events.

Guardian First Book Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Duff Cooper Prize shortlist, Ondaatje Prize shortlist.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
British Council International Literature Showcase featured author.

I am interested in supervising graduate work on literary influence and inheritance, landscape writing, modern British art and literature.

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited to give lectures at universities including Sussex, Exeter and Cambridge (Invitation to Speak, Various 2011)
  • Invited to give keynote conference lecture (Keynote Speech, School of English, University of Loughborough 2011)
  • Selected as a New Generation Thinker (Competitive Fellowship, Radio 3 and AHRC 2011)
  • Invited to give a keynote conference address (Keynote Speech, School of English, University of Saskatoon 2011)
  • Invited to speak about my work at a range of festivals, galleries and events (Invitation to Speak, Various 2011)
  • Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (Prize, Duff Cooper Prize Committee 2011)
  • Somerset Maugham Award (Prize, Society of Authors 2011)
  • The Cambridge T.S. Eliot Lecture (Invitation to Speak, T.S. Eliot Society 2011)
  • Guardian First Book Award (Prize, The Guardian 2010)
  • Invited to speak about my work at the London Review Bookshop (Invitation to Perform, London Review of Books 2010)
  • Invited to speak at the Austrian Cultural Forum (Invitation to Speak, Austrian Cultural Forum and Dalkey Archive Press 2010)
  • Invited to speak about my work at Pallant House Gallery (Invitation to Speak, Pallant House, Chichester 2010)
  • Invited to speak about my work at a range of literary festivals in the UK (Invitation to Perform, Festivals: Cheltenham, Buxton, Ilkley, Sheffield 2010)
  • Julia Briggs Memorial Prize (Prize, Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain 2009)
  • CPS with Distinction (HEA 2009)
  • Invited to give a talk on John Piper and Osbert Sitwell (Invitation to Speak, Deborah Parsons, University of Birmingham 2009)

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