Dr Melanie Ebdon

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Melanie studied at Bangor University, completing her PhD in Contemporary Fiction there in 2004. Before joining Staffordshire University in 2006, Melanie taught in various UK Universities: Bangor University, the University of Nottingham, Derby University, Liverpool John Moores University and the Open University.

Professional memberships and activities

Melanie holds a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.

Academic qualifications

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

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

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

  • BA Hons (1997) from Bangor University


Melanie is developing ecocritical readings of contemporary fiction, particularly fiction which shows a marked departure from the concerns of postmodernity. More specifically, at present Melanie is working on the writing of contemporary British novelist and short-story writer Sarah Hall, presenting her work at conferences.

Research interests

Contemporary fiction, literature after postmodernism, ecocriticism, magical realism, postcolonial fiction, Gothic fiction, gender studies.


At first-year, level 4, Melanie leads the modules ‘Introduction to English Studies’ and ‘Writing for Success!’, while also team-teaching on the ‘British Literature After 1945’ module.

Melanie’s current second- and third-year option modules include:
‘Magical Realism: From Flying Carpets to Urban Angels’.
‘Nature Now: Dreams and Nightmares in the Contemporary Ecosphere’
‘Global Voices: Stories of Empire’
‘Gothic Fiction’


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

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020