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Professor Jude Davies is Professor of American Literature and Culture. He is author or joint author of four books and has published over twenty academic articles and book chapters, on subjects ranging from the depictions of motherhood in US sitcoms and masculinity in US films, to the interplay between socio-economic class and American literary naturalism. He is General Editor of the Theodore Dreiser Edition, which produces scholarly editions of Dreiser’s work from archival sources. Initially trained in literary research, (DPhil in American Literature, University of York), for the last two decades he has researched and taught at the intersection of Cultural Studies, American Literature, and American Studies.


Areas of expertise

  • American literature, especially Theodore Dreiser
  • American film since 1990
  • Scholarly and Textual Editing
  • Americanisation and cultural exchange


  • Gender, Ethnicity and Sexuality in Contemporary American Film (joint author, Edinburgh UP, 1998)
  • Diana, A Cultural History: Gender, Race, Nation and the People's Princess (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)
  • Issues in Americanisation and Culture (joint editor, Edinburgh UP, 2004)
  • The Political Writings of Theodore Dreiser (editor, Illinois UP 2011). This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the University of Winchester
  • Falling Down (Controversies Series published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • Among many articles and book chapters, the 2007 essay ‘ Stupid White Men: Toward a Political Mapping of Stupidity’ won the Arthur Miller Prize for the best essay on an American Studies topic in 2007-08, awarded by the British Association for American Studies
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