Dr Aidan Byrne

Course Leader, BA (Hons) English

Aidan Byrne
Email address: A.Byrne2@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323430 Location: MX Building, MX103 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: - School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Literature, Welsh literature, interwar literature, working-class literature, political fictions, popular fiction, popular culture

About

I studied at Bangor University (BA, MA) and Wolverhampton University (PhD, PGCE). Previously divided between English and Cultural Studies, I’m now the course leader for the BA (Hons) in English. I teach the first-year drama module, Making a Scene, Shakespeare and the English Renaissance and ‘We Are Many’: Literature and Protest in the second year, and Positions in the third year. I also share the department’s Twitter account, @wlv_english as well as @awwetweets, the Association for Welsh Writing in English’s account. 

I’ve recently supervised undergraduate dissertations on literary pirates, Welsh literature, working-class fiction and Shakespeare’s problem plays. I currently supervise 4 PhD students researching urban gothic romance, fan fiction, Zelda Fitzgerald’s writing and paintings, and Black Country psychogeographies. I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students related to my research interests. 

I am an amateur photographer, a fencer, referee and team manager, as well as serving on the committees of Shropshire Fencing and West Midlands fencing. I’m also a keen cyclist: you may spot me squeezed gracelessly into Lycra atop my Moulton on most days. 

I am a co-founder of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, and a contributor to the Birmingham Literature Festival. I am currently the external examiner for English and Combined Studies at the Open University centre in Newham, London. I am also the Secretary of the Association for Welsh Writing in English / Cymdeithas Llên Saesneg Cymru.

Research interests

My 2008 PhD was on masculinity and extreme politics in Welsh interwar fiction, and I have published journal articles on Welsh literature, music in contemporary fiction, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Foucault (forthcoming), Welsh-language travel writing, Welsh post-industrial fictions and the relationship between erotic fan fiction and neoliberalism (forthcoming). I am currently working on Welsh and Irish modernisms and a major project on politicians’ creative writing.

I have peer-reviewed for a number of journals and publishers including the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English, Almanac, Comparative Critical Studies and Routledge. I have recently examined 4 PhDs (Swansea, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Wolverhampton) and an M.Phil (Edge Hill).

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Member of the English Association
  • Secretary, Association for Welsh Writing in English

Qualifications

  • BA Hons English (First Class) Coleg Prifysgol Gogledd Cymru / University College of North Wales, Bangor - 1996
  • MA Welsh Writing in English, Prifysgol Cymru Bangor / University of Wales Bangor - 1998
  • PhD 'Constructions of masculinity in four 1930s Welsh novels in English: Lewis Jones's Cwmardy and We Live, Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley and Gwyn Thomas's Sorrow For Thy Sons', University of Wolverhampton – 2007
  • PGC in Further and Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton – 2008

Publications

  • Thelwall, M., Byrne, A. & Goody, M. (2007). Which types of news story attract bloggers? Information Research 12(4)
  • Byrne, Aidan. ‘“The Male Shoutings of Men”: Masculinity and Fascist Epistemology in How Green Was My Valley’ in International Journal of Welsh Writing in English Vol. 1 No. 1 (2013)
  • Byrne, Aidan. '“He Will Bid Me Cross The Border”: George Borrow’s Wild Wales, O. M. Edwards’s Cartrefi Cymru and the imagined nation’. Studies in Travel Writing Vol. 18 No. 2 (2014) 148-159. 10.1080/13645145.2014.900930
  • Byrne, Aidan and Nicola Allen, 'Masculinity and Jazz in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet, Jim Crace’s All That Follows and Alan Plater’s The Beiderbecke Trilogy' in Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction ed. Erich Hertz and Jeffrey Roessner. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 85-98. WIRE:  http://hdl.handle.net/2436/604603
  • Sheppard, Lisa and Aidan Byrne,  'A Critical Minefield: the Haunting of the Welsh Working Class Novel' in A History of British Working Class Literature eds. John Goodridge and Bridget Keenan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 367-384. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108105392.026

Forthcoming:

  • Byrne, Aidan and Mark Jones, 'Worlds turned back to front: the politics of the mirror universe in Doctor Who and Star Trek' in Journal of Popular Television 6.2 (Spring/Summer 2018) n.p. as yet
  • Byrne, Aidan and Sam Fleming, 'Erotic Economies: Erotica Fan Fiction and Neoliberalism' in Journal of Popular Culture special issue on neoliberalism (2018)
  • Mangan, Anita and Aidan Byrne. 'Silencing alternative organisations? A discursive analysis of media reporting on the Co-operative Bank' in Organisation (2018)