Professor David Greenham

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons), MA, PhD
  • Position:School Director of Research and Enterprise
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84343

About me

I am Director of Research for the School of Arts and Professor of English Literature. I have been teaching, researching and working across diverse research management portfolios at the University of the West of England since 2006. 

Area of expertise

My research at UWE focuses on the American essayist, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, about whom I've published two books, numerous essays and given even more conference papers at various places around the world. Most recently I've been thinking about Emerson, metaphor and cognition, and my latest book, Emerson's Metaphors, was published by  Lexington Books in 2023. I have also been researching pedagogies of close reading. My student guide, Close Reading: The Basics, was published by Routledge in 2018, and I'm currently working on a second edition. 

I am open to enquiries about doctoral supervision. I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs which concern Nineteenth Century American Literature and Intellectual History, especially Transcendentalism. I am also interested in supervising theses on Metaphor and literary studies, and Close Reading. PhD applicants should consider the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which competitively funds projects to be co-supervised across two institutions. I am happy to work with applicants to strengthen their bids for this funding.


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