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Professor David Brauner


Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising PhD projects on the representation of architecture in graphic novels and on contemporary British Muslim women's fiction.

I have successfully supervised PhD dissertations on escapism in contemporary American fiction; on Martin Amis; on representations of Jewish-American lesbian identities in literature and film; and on Lorrie Moore (later published as Understanding Lorrie Moore with University of South Carolina Press, 2009). I have acted as an External Examiner for 22 PhDs.


Within the Department I convene the following modules on the BA English Literature programme:

  • American Graphic Novels
  • Modern American Culture and Counter-Culture

and the following modules on the MA English Literature:

  • Contemporary Literature and Ethnicity
  • Dissertation 

I also contribute to the following modules on the BA English Literature programmes:

  • Writing America: Perspectives on the Nation
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Prose: Writing Identities

Research projects

My main research interests are in the fields of contemporary American fiction and twentieth-century Jewish literature. I also publish on graphic novels, Holocaust fiction, and on the representation of ethnicity, gender and sexuality in the modern novel. I would welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in any of these areas.

I am currently working on an interdisciplinary monograph on authenticity and confessional culture in post-war America.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Philip Roth Studies
  • Editorial Board, European Journal of American Culture
  • Editorial Board, Humanities
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Lexington Studies in Jewish Literature

Selected publications

I am the author of four books:

  • Howard Jacobson (Manchester University Press, 2020)
  • Contemporary American Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2010)
  • Philip Roth (Manchester University Press, 2007)
  • Post-War Jewish Fiction: Ambivalence, Self-Explanation and Transatlantic Connections (Palgrave, 2001)

and the co-editor of:

The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), the recipient of the 2016 Association of Jewish Libraries' Judaica Reference Award.


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