Simon Stevenson

Current roles

  • Programme Leader BA(Hons) English and MA Literature and Digital Culture


After finishing the M.A in Continental Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, I continued to pursue my interest in theoretical approaches to contemporary literature by studying for a D.Phil. at the University of Sussex. After completing my research, I took the post of Assistant Professor of English Literature at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan, where I taught for four years. I returned to the U.K and joined the staff of the English Department at University Centre Centre in 2009.

Current modules taught

MA Literature and Digital Culture 

  • ​​Introduction to Digital Culture
  • Digital Research Methods
  • Aesthetics of the Digital
  • MA Dissertation ​

BA (Hons) English:

  • Readers and Texts (Literary Theory)
  • Studying Literature 1: Storytelling
  • Academic and Professional Development 2
  • Dissertation
  • Writing the Future (SF and Speculative Fiction)

Research / scholarly activity

My teaching and research interests include contemporary speculative literature, continental philosophy and film.

Recent Conference Papers

‘Connected Perspectives’ at Association of Colleges Research and Scholarship Conference, The Studio, Birmingham, 28th June 2016

​’Fliperentiation’: Differentiation in the Flipped Environment at University of Hull Flipped Learning Conference, University of Hull 15th June 2016

‘The Spiritual Automaton: Cinematic Precursors in Steven Millhauser’s Short Fiction’ at The Child of the Century: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media, Edge Hill University 13th-14th May 2016

‘Time Stretch – Mapping the Critical Digital Continuum’ at Digital Pedagogies Conference, University Centre Doncaster, 3rd July 2015

‘Can Xue: A Particular Sort of Story’ at Short Fiction Writers with a Theory, Université Catholique de Lille, France, 11-12 June 2015

‘Xenofiction: Dystopic Narrative in Philippe Vasset’s ScriptGenerator©®™’ at Brave New Worlds: The Dystopia in Modern and Contemporary Fiction,          University of Newcastle 29-30 April 2015

‘New Solitudes? Social Media in Teaching’ at JISC RSC Higher Education Conference, 27th March 2014

‘Tilt-Shift: The Ekphrastic Work of Michel Houellebecq’ at Ekphrasis: From Paragone to Encounter,University of Hull, 4th July 2013

‘Legending in flagrante delicto: The Short Fiction of Can Xue’ at The Singer not the Song: Narration in the Short Story Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 24th June 2011

‘Gilles Deleuze’s Literature and Life’ – invited presentation to the Theoria seminar at the University of St. Andrews, 18th March 2011.

Recent Publications

2015, ‘Skeuomorphics’ in Confuse Your Hunger 1.1, 2015 (short fiction).

2013, ‘Legending in flagrante delicto: The Short Fiction of Can Xue’, in Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, vol 3.1

2012, ‘The Anorthoscopic Short Story’ in Short Story Criticism, vol. 166, Detroit: Gale Group.

2006, multiple entries including Blanchot, Bataille and J.G Ballard in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, London: Cassell.