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School of Arts and Media

Dr Glyn White

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture


I have worked at the University of Salford since 2006.


I am currently convening five modules: Narrative Fiction and the Novel, Anthony Burgess and his Contemporaries, Popular Fictions, Postmodernism and Visual Text.

I am Programme Leader for English and Film.

Research Interests

My research interests include the presentation of text and how the presence of the book informs readings of fiction. I have published work on Laurence Sterne, Samuel Beckett, B. S. Johnson, Christine Brooke-Rose, Alasdair Gray and Mark Z. Danielewski.  I am currently researching the use of page design and graphic elements in contemporary American fiction.

I also research on film and television and my interests in this field range from comedy to crime genres.
I would be happy to supervise work on any of the topics listed above.


Laughing Matters: Understanding Film, Radio and Television Comedy, co-authored with John Mundy, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012 (ISBN 07190 8315 0) 279pp..

Re-Reading B. S. Johnson (co-edited with Philip Tew), Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2007 (ISBN 0 2305 2492 3) 246pp.

Reading the Graphic Surface: The Presence of the Book in Prose Fiction , Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005 (ISBN 0 7190 6968 8) 216pp.

Chapters and Articles:

'The Sadism of the Author or the Masochism of the Reader?', in: Jordan, J & Ryle, M (eds.), B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature: The Possibilities of the Avant-Garde, 1st edition, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 2014, pp.153-166.

'Having the Last Word: Paratextual Framing in the Work of Alasdair Gray and 'Sidney Workman's Epilogue' to Old Men in Love', in: Manfredi, C (ed.), Alasdair Gray: Ink for Worlds, 1st edition, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 2014, pp.132-147.

‘‘You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Work, But it Helps’: Work in Film Comedies of the 1930s’ in Work in Cinema, Ewa Mazierska (ed), Macmillan: New York, 2013 (ISBN 978-1-137-37085-3), pp.191-207.

'Quality, Controversy and Criminality: The Shield as Post-Sopranos Cop Show', in: Ray, N (ed.), Interrogating The Shield, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, USA, 2012, pp.87-105.

 ‘Continuing B. S. Johnson Studies’', Critical Engagements: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, 4 (1-2), 2011, pp.233-247.

‘Reading the Graphic Surface of Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Fifty Year Sword’ in Joe Bray and Alison Gibbons (eds), Mark Z. Danielewski, Manchester University Press, 2011 (ISBN 978 07190 8262 7), pp. 105-120. 

‘Quentin Tarantino’ [updated] in Fifty Contemporary Film Directors, edited by Yvonne Tasker, London: Routledge, 2011 (ISBN 0-415-55433-0), pp. 392-99.

‘“YOU ARE HERE”: Reading and Representation in Christine Brooke-Rose’s Thru’, Poetics Today, 23:4 (ISSN 0333 5372), pp.611-631.

Guest editorship

Guest Editor of European Journal of English Studies 17.1 (2013) Special Edition on Visual Text, with Judy Kendall (University of Salford), Manuel Portela (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal). (ISSN 1382-5577) 108pp.