Dr Melanie Ebdon

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and have been teaching in universities since 2000. It was the study of the Brontë novels at A level that made me want to go on and study for a BA in Literature. Although I went into university as a fan of Victorian literature, I emerged 8 years later as a specialist in the contemporary.

My research has principally focussed on the step away from late twentieth-century postmodernism and towards an ecocentric trend in writing. My publications include work on contemporary British writers such as Jon McGregor and Sarah Hall.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in contemporary literature: Remembering Identity After Postmodernity (2004), Bangor University
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (2004), Bangor University (converted to a HEA Fellowship)
  • MA in Feminist readings of Gothic and Magical Realist Literature (1999) from Bangor University, winning the ‘John F. Denby Memorial Prize’ for postgraduate work.
  • BA Hons English Literature (1997) from Bangor University


  • Ecocriticism
  • Eco-lit, cli-fi, the posthuman/literatures of the Anthropocene
  • Magical Realism
  • Gothic literature
  • Postcolonial literatures

Research interests

  • Ecocriticism
  • Eco-lit, cli-fi and the posthuman/literatures of the Anthropocene
  • Caribbean Magical Realism
  • Eco-gothic literature


  • Ecocriticism
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • Magical Realism
  • Gothic fiction
  • Contemporary literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Children’s literature


Forthcoming – a chapter on Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 in a collection of essays on Landscape in Literature (Palgrave, 2023).

Ebdon, Melanie (2022) ‘Real Nature’ in Beaumont, A. & D’hoker, E. Sarah Hall: Critical Essays. Gylphi Contemporary Writers. Gylphi.

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

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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