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Prof Matthew Beaumont
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Tel: 02076792567
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  • Professor in English Literature
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I studied English at LMH, Oxford, before doing an MSt and DPhil at Linacre College, Oxford. I was a Research Fellow at Keble College, Oxford, and a Teaching Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a lecturer in the English Departmernt at UCL in 2005 and a Senior Lecturer in 2008. I became a Co-Director of UCL's Urban Lab, where I am responsible for the Cities Imaginaries strand, in 2013. In 2012-13 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. I am currently the Department Tutor.

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Research Summary

My research interests currently centre on various aspects of the metropolitan city, especially at nighttime. My most recent book is Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, Chaucer to Dickens (Verso, 2015), the first instalment of an attempt to reconstruct a cultural history of the urban subject at night, from the Middle Ages to the present, in order to present an alternative to the modernist myth of the flâneur. I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2012-13 to pursue this research. The book is indirectly linked both to Restless Cities, the collection of essays I edited with Gregory Dart in 2010, and to the City Centre I set up in the English Department at UCL in 2010, which has now become the Cities Imaginaries strand of the UCL Urban Laboratory, of which I am a Co-Director. In addition to working on London and other metropolitan cities at night, this time in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I am working on a scholarly edition of Walter Pater's The Renaissance for OUP's Collected Works of Walter Pater.

Teaching Summary

My teaching interests include nineteenth-century literature; the fin de siècle; early modernism; twentieth-century avant-gardes; film; crime fiction; utopian and dystopian literature; and Marxist and other literary and cultural theories.

Academic Background
2000   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1996   Master of Studies University of Oxford
1994   Bachelor of Arts University of Oxford
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