Nick Hubble



Nick Hubble is Reader in English and Co-Director of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing (BCCW).

Nick holds a BA in Philosophy and Literature (Essex), a PGCE in Secondary English (Sussex), an MA in Critical Theory (Sussex), a DPhil in English Literature (Sussex) and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Brunel).

Nick’s research interests include modern and contemporary literature; science fiction and fantasy; Mass Observation; proletarian fiction; the cultural history of suburbia; and the social humanities.

Research area(s)

  • Mass-Observation
  • Modern and Contemporary British Literature (1900 – )
  • ‘Social Humanities’ and Interdisciplinary Narrative Research
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy




Nick teaches on EN2014 Modernism, EN2604 Contemporary British Fiction, EN2065 Genre Fictions and the MA in English.

Nick is currently supervising several PhD projects on topics such as the Culture novels of Iain M Banks and Transformations in Fantasy Fiction. Email queries are welcome concerning any aspect of modern and contemporary literature, science fiction and fantasy or Mass Observation related topics.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Hubble, N.   (2016)   'Christopher Priest and the Persistence of the New Wave'. Foundation: the international review of science fiction. pp. 48 - 60. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2015)   'Looking Back on the 1930s without Being Anti-Communist: Cornford, Orwell, Spender, Sommerfield'. Literature and History, 24 (1).  Download publication 

Hubble, N.  and Tew, P.   (2014)   '"There is No Doubt that I'm Old": Everyday Narratives of Ageing'. EnterText, 11 pp. 139 - 157. Download publication 

Casey, E. , Courage, F.  and Hubble, N.   (2014)   'Special Section Introduction: Mass Observation as Method'. Sociological Research Online, 19 (3).  doi: 10.5153/sro.3448 Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2012)   'John Sommerfield and Mass-Observation'. The Space Between: literature and culture, 1914-1945, 8 (1).  pp. 131 - 151. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2011)   'Late Intermodernism: B.S. Johnson, Charles Madge and Twentieth-Century Britain'. Critical Engagements: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, 4 (1&2).  pp. 55 - 79. 

Hubble, N.   (2011)   '"In the twentieth century, and the heart of civilisation”: The London of the Forsytes'. Literary London Journal, 9 (1).  Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2010)   'Mass Observation Online (review article)'. Reviews in HistoryDownload publication 

Hubble, N.   (2010)   'The liminal persistence of interwar suburbs in the twenty-first century'. EnterText, 8 pp. 113 - 132. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2009)   '‘The freedom of the city’: Mansfield and Woolf'. Literary London Journal, 7 (1).  Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2008)   'Historical psychology, utopian dreams and other fool’s errands'. Modernist Cultures, 3 (2).  pp. 192 - 207. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2007)   'Virtual histories and counterfactual myths: Christopher Priest’s The Separation'. Extrapolation, 48 (3).  pp. 450 - 461. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2005)   'Five English disaster novels, 1951-1972'. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 95 (3).  pp. 89 - 103. Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2002)   'Imagined and imaginary whales: George Orwell, Benedict Anderson and Salman Rushdie'. World Literature Written in English, 40 (1).  pp. 29 - 41. doi: 10.1080/17449850208589373 Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2001)   ''Charles Madge and Mass-Observation are At Home: From Anthropogy to War, and After''. New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics, 44 pp. 76 - 89. 


Hubble, N. , Tew, P.  and Taylor, J.   (2017) Ageing in the Welfare State.  Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming) 

Hubble, N.   (2017) The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question.  Edinburgh University Press 

Hubble, N.  and Tew, P.   (2016) London in Contemporary British Fiction: The City Beyond the City.  Bloomsbury Academic 

Hubble, N. , Bentley, N.  and Wilson, L.   (2015) The 2000s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction.  Bloomsbury Academic 

Hubble, N. , Tew, P.  and Wilson, L.   (2015) The 1990s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction. London:  Bloomsbury Academic 

Hubble, N. , McLeod, J.  and Tew, P.   (2014) The 1970s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction.  Bloomsbury Academic 

Hubble, N.  and Mousoutzanis, A.   (2013) The Science Fiction Handbook. London:  Bloomsbury Academic 

Hubble, N.  and Tew, P.   (2013) Ageing, Narrative and Identity: New Qualitative Social Research.  Palgrave Macmillan 

Bazalgette, L. , Holden, J. , Tew, P. , Hubble, N.  and Morrison, J.   (2011) Coming of Age. London:  Demos Download publication 

Hubble, N.   (2010) Mass Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory (second edition).  Palgrave Macmillan 

Hubble, N.   (2006) Mass-Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory.  Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan 

Book chapters

Hubble, N.  (2017)   'The Making of the Working Class: Proletarian Writing in the 1930s', in Kohlmann, B.  and Taunton, M. (eds.) A History of 1930s British Literature.  Cambridge University Press (forthcoming) 

Hubble, N.  (2016)   'Common People: Class, Gender and Social Change in the London Fiction of Virginia Woolf, John Sommerfield and Zadie Smith', in Hubble, N.  and Tew, P. (eds.) London in Contemporary British Fiction: The City Beyond the City.  Bloomsbury Academic pp. 195 - 210. 

Hubble, N.  (2016)   'Documenting Lives: Mass Observation, Women's Diaries, and Everyday Modernity', in Smyth, A. (ed.) A History of English Autobiography.  Cambridge University Press pp. 345 - 358. 

Hubble, N.  (2015)   'Between the Short and Long Twentieth Centuries: Temporal Displacement in the Historical Fiction of the 1990s', in Hubble, N. , Tew, P.  and Wilson, L. (eds.) The 1990s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction.  London Bloomsbury Academic pp. 149 - 179. 

Hubble, N.  (2014)   'Sex, Lies and Autobiografiction: Travelling People and the Persistence of Modernism', in Jordan, J.  and Ryle, M. (eds.) Possibilities of the Avant Garde: B S Johnson in his Time and Ours.  Palgrave Macmillan pp. 167 - 182. 

Hubble, N.  (2014)   'The Break-Up of Britain', in Hubble, N. , McLeod, J.  and Tew, P. (eds.) The 1970s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction.  Bloomsbury Academic pp. 43 - 67. 

Hubble, N.  (2013)   'Major Science Fiction Authors', in Hubble, N.  and Mousoutzanis, A. (eds.) The Science Fiction Handbook.  London Bloomsbury Academic pp. 31 - 74. 

Hubble, N.  (2013)   'The Historical Context of Science Fiction', in Hubble, N.  and Mousoutzanis, A. (eds.) The Science Fiction Handbook.  Bloomsbury Academic pp. 1 - 15. 

Hubble, N.  (2013)   'Radical Eccentricity and Post-War Ordinariness', in Kohlmann, B. (ed.) Edward Upward and Left-Wing Literary Culture in Britain.  Farnham Ashgate pp. 83 - 97. 

Hubble, N.  (2013)   'Naomi Mitchison: Fantasy and Intermodern Utopia', in Reeve-Tucker, A.  and Waddell, N. (eds.) Utopianism, Modernism and Literature in the Twentieth Century.  Palgrave Macmillan pp. 74 - 92. 

Hubble, N.  (2012)   'Orwell and the English Working Class: Lessons in Autobiografiction for the Twenty-First Century', in Keeble, RL. (ed.) Orwell Today.  Bury St Edmunds Abramis pp. 30 - 45. 

Hubble, N.  (2012)   ''Imagism, Surrealism, Realism: Middlebrow Transformations in the Mass-Observation Movement'', in Brown, E.  and Grover, M. (eds.) Middlebrow Literary Cultures: The Battle of the Brows, 1920-1960.  Palgrave Macmillan pp. 202 - 217. 

Hubble, N.  (2011)   ''The Fictional Excavation of the Future in Double Vision'', in Wheeler, P. (ed.) Re-Reading Pat Barker.  Newcastle Cambridge Scholars Press pp. 113 - 130. 

Hubble, N.  (2010)   ''The Rise and Fall of the English Review as a Series of Music Hall Acts by Fordie and Wells'', in Harding, J. (ed.) Ford Madox Ford and Editing (International Ford Madox Ford Studies 9).  Rodopi (9) : pp. 67 - 79. 

Hubble, N.  (2009)   ''Intermodern Pastoral: William Empson and George Orwell'', in James, D.  and Tew, P. (eds.) New Versions of Pastoral: Post-Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Responses to the Tradition, Madison, Teaneck.  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/ London : Associated University Press pp. 125 - 135. 

Hubble, N.  (2009)   ''The Intermodern Assumption of the Future: William Empson and Mass-Observation'', in Bluemel, K. (ed.) Intermodernism.  Edinburgh University Press pp. 171-188. 

Hubble, N.  (2008)   'The origins of intermodernism in Ford Madox Ford's Parallax View', in Gasiorek, A.  and Moore, D. (eds.) Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transitions (International Ford Madox Ford Studies 7).  Amsterdam Amsterdam: Rodopi pp. 165 - 188. Download publication 

Hubble, N.  (2007)   ''An Evacuee for Ever: B.S. Johnson versus Ego Psychology'', in Tew, P.  and White, G. (eds.) Re-Reading B.S. Johnson.  Basingstoke and New York Palgrave Macmillan pp. 143 - 157. 

Hubble, N.  (2006)   ''Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy'', in Tew, P.  and Mengham, R. (eds.) British Fiction Today.  London: Continuum pp. 153 - 164. 

Hubble, N.  (2006)   'Beyond mimetic Englishness: Ford's English trilogy and The Good Soldier', in Brown, D.  and Plastow, J. (eds.) Ford Madox Ford and Englishness (International Ford Madox Ford Studies 5).  Amsterdam: Rodopi pp. 147 - 162. Download publication 

Hubble, N.  (2005)   ''Priest’s Repetitive Strain'', in Butler, AM. (ed.) Christopher Priest: The Interaction.  Cambridge: Science Fiction Foundation pp. 35 - 51. 

Hubble, N.  (2003)   ''Franz Borkenau, Sebastian Haffner and George Orwell: Depoliticisation and Cultural Exchange'', in Timms, E.  and Hughes, J. (eds.) Intellectual Migration and Cultural Transformation.  Springer pp. 109 - 127. 

Hubble, N.  (2003)   'Decline of the English Penguin and Other Mass-Observations’', in Hart, C. (ed.) Approaches to Englishness: Past, Present and Future.  Birmingham Birmingham: Hart pp. 104 - 114. 

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