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Professor 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.

Prizes or Honours

  • Somerset Maugham Award (Society of Authors, 2011)
  • Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (Duff Cooper Prize Committee, 2011)
  • Guardian First Book Award (The Guardian, 2010)
  • CPS with Distinction (HEA, 2009)
  • Julia Briggs Memorial Prize (Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, 2009)

Funded Fellowships

  • Selected as a New Generation Thinker (Radio 3 and AHRC, 2011)