University of Hertfordshire

Dr Christopher Lloyd


Christopher Lloyd

Dr Christopher Lloyd


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Christopher is a Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Humanities. He joined the University in January 2016.


His research interests include:

- Contempoary U.S. Literature

- Culture of the American South

- Cultural Memory

- African-American Culture  

Christopher welcomes PhD proposals on any aspect of the above research fields.
















Christopher is the author of two monographs: Rooting Memory, Rooting Place: Regionalism in the Twenty-First-Century American South (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Corporeal Legacies in the US South: Memory and Embodiment in Contemporary Culture (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Both books investigate the extent to which contemporary cultural texts about the US South--literature, film, television, visual art, memorials--reveal an ongoing negotation and remediation of the region's past, especially in relation to African American memory.


Other publications include:

- Book chapters on: politics and horror in Jordan Peele's Get Out; Flooding in contemporary southern fiction by Bernice L. McFadden and Tom Franklin and Beth FennelleyAffect and memory in Marilynne Robinson's Home; Colson Whitehead's fiction; Sexuality in HBO's Girlsthe Southern Gothic in True Blood and Black Snake Moan; and Dave Eggers' Zeitoun and Hurricane Katrina.

- Journal articles on: Keith Morris Washington's landscape paintings of lynching sites; Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour and climate change; Animal and human life in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones; Kathryn Stockett's The Help.

- Journal special issues on: American Exceptionalism; The twenty-first-century Southern Novel; American topographic photography.


In addition, Christopher has written for the website Culture Stories on topics such as Beyoncé's LEMONADE, and Cultural Highlights of 2015, and has also reviewed numerous works of fiction for the Cadaverine online magazine. A recent article on slavery in contemporary US culture is published with The Conversation. He has also been interviewed on Mary Anne Hobbs' Radio 6 Music show about his MA module "US Culture and #BlackLivesMatter" and has discussed the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race on the podcast OFFCUTS: Celebrating Cult Film and Television, hosted by Dr Darren Elliott-Smith.


Christopher is currently working on a new book, provisionally titled American Animals, and various journal articles and book chapters on Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You; Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing; Justin Torres' We the Animals; and Morgan Parker's poetry collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.


Current PhD Supervision:

- Stevie Kilgour (Creative Writing): contemporary poetry and working-class masculinity 



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