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Mr Michael Rowland

Post:Associate Tutor (English)
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I studied for a BA in English & American Literature at the University of Kent, graduating with a first in 2006. I then completed a PGCE and taught English and Media Studies at GCSE and A level in a Kent secondary school between 2007-2011. After this, I studied for a Masters in Literature & Culture 1700-1900 at the University of Sussex. I completed my PhD in 2016, and was supervised by Catherine Packham


Doctoral Researcher


PhD English (AHRC funded, University of Sussex, from 2012-2016)

MA Literature & Culture 1700-1900 (University of Sussex, 2011-2012)

PGCE Secondary English with Drama and Media (Canterbury Christ Church University, 2006-2007)

BA English & American Literature (University of Kent, 2003-2006)


Guest Speaker:

Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative, Guest Lecture, BA module: 'Novelty, Enlightenment, Emancipation: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture', University of Kent, 8th December 2015. 

'Hell yes, I'm Tough Enough: Man Trouble and Contemporary British Politics', Guest Lecture, BA Politics module: 'Gender, Politics and the State', University of Westminster, 16th February 2016. 


'Captain Hook's hook: J.M. Barrie's Mutilated Male Body' at Animate Objects, Inanimate Bodies postgraduate conference, King's College London, 21st May 2012. 

'Shameful Corporeality: Fops and the conspicuous male body' at Materiality & Corporeality: the Body in Popular Fiction and Visual Culture postgraduate conference, University of Portsmouth, 6th June 2013.

'"This great inmate": Shame and the impartial spectator in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments' Eighteenth- & Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar, University of Sussex, 2nd April 2014. 

'"His Pretty Self": Disgust and effeminate masculinity in early eighteenth-century British culture' at Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture conference, University of Kent, 9th-10th May 2014.

'"That war of duties": Henry Mackenzie and the shame of writing novels' at Shame and the Act of Writing symposium, University of Warwick, 19th September 2014. 

'"To call me after his name": Olaudah Equiano and the politics of becoming' at EGS (English Graduate Seminar), University of Sussex, 24th October 2014.

I gave an adapted version of the Equiano paper at BSECS (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) annual conference, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, 6th-8th January 2015. 


I was formerly on the editorial board of Excursions, an interdisciplinary open-access journal run by postgraduates at the University of Sussex.

I was also on the organising committee for a conference entitled 'Sights and Frights', an interdisciplinary event focused around Victorian visual culture, literature and the supernatural. This took place at the University of Sussex in June 2014.