Alexandra Lawrie

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Lawrie completed her PhD (on the rise of English in extramural institutions during the fin de siècle) from the University in Edinburgh in March 2012. Her research and teaching is mainly focused on contemporary British and American fiction, and she would be interested in supervising PhD students with topics in that area. 

Undergraduate teaching

  • Modern American Novel (4th-year core)
  • Twenty-First-Century Fiction (4th-year option)
  • The American Novel 1970-2010 (4th-year core)
  • Critical Practice: Prose (lectures)
  • English Literature 2 (lectures and tutorials)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My primary research interests are in contemporary British and American fiction. I have published articles in journals including the Journal of American Studies, Journal of Modern Literature, Literature and History, Cambridge Quarterly. My second book, titled "Writing the Past in Twenty-First-Century American Fiction", was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2022.

Current research interests

My next book, also with EUP, is titled "The American Presidency in Twenty-First-Century Fiction", and includes chapters on A. M. Homes, Colson Whitehead, Ben Lerner, and Nathan Hill.

Project activity

My current book project, contracted to Edinburgh University Press, is titled "The American Presidency in Twenty-First-Century Fiction."  It focuses on how post-war presidential history is narrated in a group of  contemporary American novels.

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