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About Dr Peter Ely

Dr Peter Ely is Assistant Professor in English Literature at Northeastern University London.

He has taught across a wide range of disciplines and periods, with specialisms in contemporary British fiction and poetry, Black and Asian British writing, continental philosophy, critical theory, and colonial and queer histories of London. Peter completed his BA in English Studies and MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Nottingham University before completing his PhD at Kingston University.

peter.ely@nchlondon.ac.uk

Qualifications

PhD English (Kingston University)

MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature (Nottingham University)

BA in English Studies (Nottingham University)

Dr Peter Ely's Research

Dr Ely’s research interests lie at the intersection of contemporary literature, continental philosophy and critical theory, with particular focus on questions of ‘community’, gender and sexuality and ‘race’.  He is currently completing a monograph entitled The Politics of Community in Contemporary British Fiction. He is co-editor of Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Bloomsbury, 2022) and contributed a chapter to Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Hari Kunzru (Manchester University Press, 2022).

 

Published texts

Queer Kinship in Jackie Kay’s The Adoption Papers (1991), Alluvium, 2019 https://doi.org/10.7766/alluvium.v7.4.04

 

Forthcoming

“Introduction” and “Beyond the Multicultural?: Queer community in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet” in   Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Bloomsbury, 2022)

“Subjectivity at its Limits: Fugitive Community in Kunzru’s Short Stories” in Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Hari Kunzru (Manchester University Press, 2022).

 

In progress

Monograph: The Politics of Community in Contemporary British Fiction

The ethics of speculative histories in Zong! and Lote

Paternal authority and liberal utopianism in Sex Education

Dr Peter Ely's Teaching

Dr Ely has taught at several universities in London as well as the Bishopsgate Institute. He currently lectures on the Northeastern mobility course ‘Cultures of London’ as well as ‘Literature 1900 – the Present’.