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Dr Nicholas Shepley
FC 234
Department of English
Gower Street
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  • Honorary Lecturer
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Nick Shepley studied English at Keble College, Oxford, where he received his MA (Oxon). He went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and spent over two years teaching in Ondangwa, Namibia with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Nick did the MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL (2006), where he stayed on to write his PhD, under the supervision of Rachel Bowlby. He received his PhD in 2010, with a thesis on obliquity in the novels of Henry Green, and has been teaching in the English department ever since.

Research Summary

Nick's first book, Henry Green: Class, Style and the Everyday, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. The study investigates the "terrific dichotomy" of Henry Green and the indirectness and indeterminacy of the wriitng, arguing that Green's work is central to the development of the novel from the 1920s to the 1950s, acting as a vital bridge between late modernist, inter-war, post-war, and postmodern fiction.

Nick's second book is tentatively called: Good Morning, Midnight: The Modernist Day and Night. It explores the state of literature at the mid-century, with a particular focus on the one-day novel. It will look at how this circadian form was adopted and adapted by authors such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Henry Green, Jean Rhys, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras, James Baldwin, and Wright Morris in ways that might be seen to bridge (or emphatically fail to bride) the period between the 1930s and t1950s.

Nick's research interests include: Comics, Contemporary Fiction, History of the Novel, Literary Theory

Teaching Summary

At postgraduate level, Nick teaches extensively on the MA: Issues in Modern Culture, leading seminars on: Henry Green, Evelyn Waugh, Jean Rhys, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Theories of the Everyday, and Graphic Cities.

Nick also teaches on the following undergraduate courses: Narrative Texts, Intellectual and Cultural Sources, Criticism and Theory, London in Literature, Moderns I (1900-1945) and Moderns II (1945-Present).

01-JAN-2012 Teaching Fellow English UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2010 – 01-JAN-2012 Honorary Research Associate English UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2006   Master of Arts University College London
1997   Postgraduate Certificate in Education King's College London
1996   MA Oxon University of Oxford
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