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Professor Nick Hubble

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I am Professor of Modern and Contemporary English and Director of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing (BCCW). Formerly, I have successfully filled many roles including Head of English and both Director of Research and Director of Teaching and Learning for Arts & Humanities at Brunel. I hold a BA in Philosophy and Literature (Essex), a PGCE in Secondary English (Sussex), an MA in Critical Theory (Sussex), a DPhil (on George Orwell and Mass-Observation) in English Literature (Sussex) and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Brunel).

I am an interdisciplinary researcher whose work combines the fields of Politics, History, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Literary Studies. My current reseach project is 'Self-reflexivity, Class Consciousness, Culture Wars, and Social Change in Britain' for which I have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2023-24.

I am the author of Mass Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory (2006, second edition 2010) and The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question (2017). I am co-author (with Philip Tew) of Ageing, Narrative and Identity (2013). I am the co-editor (with Aris Mousoutzanis) of The Science Fiction Handbook (2013), (with Philip Tew) of London in Contemporary British Fiction (2016), (with Esther MacCallum-Stewart and Joseph Norman) of The Science Fiction of Iain M. Banks (2018), (with Ben Clarke) of Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice (2018), and (with Jennie Taylor and Philip Tew) of Growing Old with the Welfare State (2019). I am one of the series editors (with Philip Tew and Leigh Wilson) of The Decades Series: British Fiction with Bloomsbury Academic, which covers 100 years of transformational change in the field of British fiction. I have co-edited seven of the ten volumes in this series: The 1970s (2014), The 1990s (2015), The 2000s (2015), The 1950s (2018), The 1930s (2021), The 2010s (forthcoming 2024), and The 1920s (forthcoming 2025).

Newest selected publications

Hubble, N., Tew, P., Horton, E. and Bentley, N. (2024) 'The 2010s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction'. Bloomsbury. ISSN 13: 9781350268210


Hubble, N. (2024) 'Fictions of the Break-Up', in Hubble, N., Horton, E., Tew, P. and Bentley, N. (eds.) The 2010s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction. Bloomsbury. pp. 23 - 49. ISBN 13: 9781350268210.

Book chapter

Hubble, N. (2023) ''She had her hand on the plow': Shame, Uncertainty and Transformation in The Corn King and the Spring Queen', in Purdon, J. (ed.) Naomi Mitchison: A Writer in Time. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 30 - 43. ISBN 13: 9781474494748.

Book chapter

Hubble, N. (2022) ''Class Lives': Spatial Awareness and Political Consciousness in British Mining Novels of the 1930s', in Lee, S. (ed.) Locating Classed Subjectivities. Routledge. pp. 77 - 92. ISBN 13: 9780367635107.

Book chapter

Hubble, N. (2022) 'The Woolfian Century: Modernism as Science Fiction, 1929–2029'., 6 (3).

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