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Research interests

My research has focused on the relationships of cultural texts to nations and transnational movements and most recently has concerned the cultural representations of work and workers. My publications explore the way that social, political and economic questions are played out through various kinds of cultural representations and practices including modern and contemporary writing in English, and in visual cultures of the late twentieth and twenty-first century.

I have published widely on the idea of the nation and on the culture of globalization. This research considers how changes in public discourses are reproduced and challenged by creative and cultural texts. This has concentrated on ideas about national and racial difference; on the shape of the global economy since the late 1970s; and on contemporary attitudes towards terror. I have published extensively on  literature and globalization and this work has helped to shape the debates defining this field. In 2010 I co-edited the Literature and Globalization Reader (Routledge) which, for the first time, brought together major theoretical writings on globalization with critical responses to these theories in literary studies. 

My book Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel (Palgrave,  2017) explores how regimes of flexible labour in the contemporary economy have been represented in English-language fiction about office work in a range of national contexts. I am currently developing this area of research in a project on the concept of intimate economies; looking at various forms of intimate labour, this work attempts to explore how cultural texts have narrated and defined the changing boundary between the economic and the non-economic during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.



Supervisory Interests

I currently supervise PhDs on twentieth and twenty-first century literature. I would be happy to talk to students about PhD projects in literary and cultural studies on contemporary fiction or visual culture.

Specific areas within literary and cultural studies might include:

  • the cultures of work
  • social reproduction
  • globalization and culture
  • representations of migration
  • contemporary fiction
  • postcolonialism
  • border studies
  • contemporary visual culture

My current supervision includes the following PhD projects:

Sam Cutting Complex machines: representations of technology in early twenty-first century fiction http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/techne/for-students/techne-students/techne-students/techne-students-2016/cutting

Kadija George Raising the voice and visibility of independent Black publishers http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/techne/for-students/techne-students/techne-students/techne-students-2016/george

Chris Griffin Crises of Citizenship in Contemporary Fiction http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/techne/for-students/techne-students/techne-students/techne-students-2017-18/griffin



Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex


Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

Master, University of Southampton


Award Date: 1 Oct 1995

Bachelor, University of Glasgow


Award Date: 31 Jul 1992


  • PE English
  • Globalisation
  • Labour Theory
  • Nationalism
  • Work Culture
  • Fiction
  • The Novel

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Research Output

Anxious Reading: the Precarity Novel and the Affective Class

Connell, L., 20 May 2021, Precarity in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Hogg, E. & Simonsen, P. (eds.). Bloomsbury

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Crossings, Bodies, Behaviours

    Connell, L., 1 Dec 2019, Refugee Imaginaries: Research across the Humanities. Cox, E., Durrant, S., Farrier, D., Stonebridge, L. & Wooley, A. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 165-183

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Precarious labour and the contemporary novel

    Connell, L., 6 Nov 2017, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • The regional and the global

    Connell, L., 1 Jan 2016, The Oxford history of novel in English: volume 7, British and Irish fiction since 1940. Boxall, P. & Cheyette, B. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, Vol. 7. (Oxford history of the novel in English).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Kailyard money: nation, empire and speculation in Walter Scott's letters from Malachi Malagrowther

    Connell, L., 1 Aug 2013, Within and without empire: Scotland across the (post)colonial borderline. Sassi, C. & van Heijnsbergen, T. (eds.). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: CSP, p. 94-107 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Activities

    • 5 Invited talk
    • 2 Research degree

    Solidarity, action and precarity

    Liam Connell (Presenter)

    20 Sep 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    “We all are precarious”: Class Consciousness and Reading the Novel

    Liam Connell (Presenter)

    13 Jan 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Women’s bodies and the ethical discourses of migration

    Liam Connell (Presenter)

    9 Oct 2015

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk