Alexandra Lawrie

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Lawrie completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh in 2008, and her MSc in Literature and Modernity the following year. She completed her PhD (on the rise of English in extramural institutions during the fin de siècle) in March 2012. She was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in 2012-13, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in 2013-14.

Undergraduate teaching

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

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Dr. Lawrie’s primary research interests are in contemporary British and American fiction. Her second book, titled "Writing the Past in Twenty-First-Century American Fiction", is due out in 2022 with Edinburgh University Press.

Project activity

Dr. Lawrie's current book project, contracted to Edinburgh University Press, focuses on the issues and crises that shape twenty-first-century American fiction. It includes chapters on Ben Lerner, Dana Spiotta, Colson Whitehead, and Garth Greenwell. 

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