Dr Melanie Ebdon

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senor Lecturer in English, Award Leader for English, Admissions Tutor fro English and Creative Writing.


About Me

I began my studies at Bangor University in 1994 and decided to stay on there to do my MA, PhD and PGCert in Teaching HE.  I was awarded my PhD in March of 2004 for my thesis entitled Remembering Identity after Postmodernity which looked at several contemporary novels by writers such as Ahrundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Iain Banks, Ian McEwan, Graham Swift, Anne Michaels and Margaret Atwood. 

My work at this stage was interested in the shift beyond the persistent deconstruction of the postmodern era and towards a reinvigorated literary scene.  Since finishing my PhD, my main research interest has been in the growing field of Ecocriticism, a relatively new area of development in criticism which tallies well with a lot of the work I was doing for my Doctorate.  Other topics of interest to me include postcolonial fiction, postmodern/contemporary fiction, magical realism and gender studies.  Before joining Staffordshire University in 2006 I taught in various UK Universities: Bangor University, the University of Nottingham, Derby University, Liverpool John Moores University and the Open University (online) where I was a part-time tutor from 2005-2008.



  • PhD in contemporary literature, entitled Remembering Identity After Postmodernity(2004) from Bangor University

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (2004) Bangor University

  • MA in Gothic and Magical Realist Literature (1999) from Bangor University, with the ‘John F. Denby Memorial Prize’ for postgraduate work.

  • BA Hons (1997) from Bangor University


Professional Memberships and Activities

I-ACT Logo

Institute for the Applied Creative Thinking (I-ACT)

Research Interests

Contemporary fiction, ecocriticism, magical realism, postcolonial fiction, Gothic fiction, gender studies.


Selected Publications

Burnham, D and M. Ebdon (2009) ‘Philosophy, Literature and Interpretation’ in J. Mullarkey and B. Lord The Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy.  Continuum: London. 


Current Teaching

At present, all my teaching is at undergraduate level. 

Lead and teach on the ‘Introduction to English Studies’ level one, year-long core module.

Leading current level 2/3 option modules in:
‘Magical Realism: From Flying Carpets to Urban Angels’.
‘Green Reading: Ecocriticism’.
‘Empire Writes Back: Postcolonial Identities’. 
‘Gothic Fiction’
‘Judging Fiction’

Teach on the ‘From Modernism to Postmodernism’ level two, semester two core.
Supervising Dissertations and English in the Workplace projects.


Social Media

English and Creative Writing Blog


Melanie Ebdon
School of Journalism, Humanities & Social Sciences (Humanities)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294012
e: m.d.ebdon@staffs.ac.uk