Dr Douglas Field

Senior Lecturer in 20th Century American Lit

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Supervision Areas
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in the fields of:
20th century African American Literature and culture broadly, and in particular on: race, religion, sexuality, and James Baldwin; Beat Writing; British and American avant-garde writing (1950s-1970s), e.g. Jeff Nuttall, Harold Norse, Alexander Trocchi, William Burroughs. While I continue to work on African American literature, mainly in my capacity as one of the editors of the James Baldwin Review, I'd be particularly interested to hear from prospective PhD students who are working on or around the field of the International Underground and avant-garde writing during the long 1960s. 
My recent and current PhD students have worked on, or are working on: Frank O'Hara, James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Lorraine Hansberry; anitquarian bookshops and Californiana; New Orleans literature and culture; the Harlem Renaissance and DH Lawrence; US gothic literature and finance; and Protest, Activism and Counterculture in the Urban United States, 1960-1980.
Current specialist teaching:
Beat Writing (3rd year special subject)
20th century African American Literature (2nd year special subject)
Radical Subcultures (MA)


I received my PhD from the University of York in English Literature, where I focussed on the writer James Baldwin. I taught at Staffordshire University between 2006 and 2012, the year that I joined the University of Manchester. I sit on the Editorial Committee of Manchester University Press and I am the co-founding editor of the James Baldwin Reviewan annual peer-reviewed journal published by Manchester University Press. I'm a contributing editor at The A-Line: A Journal of Progressive thought and a former managing editor of Modernism/ ModernityI am a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement & a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 


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