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Dr Gary Farnell is Senior Lecturer in English. His teaching and research has grown out of a base in Romantic studies and critical theory to the point where the ‘fantasmatics of the present crisis’ has become the integrating focus of his work in the post-2008 period.

Areas of expertise

  • The subject of English
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse, ideology and literature
  • Celebrity/commodity/consumer cultures


  • 2013 ‘Melodrama’, with Peter Billingham, in The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, gen. eds William Hughes, David Punter and Andrew Smith
  • 2011 ‘Gothic’s Death Drive’, Literature Compass 8
  • 2011 ‘The Enigma of La Belle Dame sans Merci’, Romanticism 17.2
  • 2010 ‘Theorising the Gothic for the Twenty-First Century’, in Twenty-First-Century Gothic eds Brigid Cherry, Peter Howell and Caroline Ruddell
  • 2009 ‘The Gothic and the Thing’, Gothic Studies 11.1
  • 2005 ‘Benjamin as Producer in The Arcades Project’, Historical Materialism 13.4
  • 2004 Reading Benjamin’s Arcades eds Merrick Burrow, Gary Farnell, and Mick Jardine (Walter Benjamin special issue of new formations)
  • 1999 'Wordsworth’s The Prelude as Autobiography of an Orphan' Romanticism on the Net 13
  • 1995 ‘Unfit for Ladies: Keats’s The Eve of St Agnes’ Studies in Romanticism 34.3
  • 1993 ‘Rereading Shelley’, English Literary History 60
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