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About Dr Sam Waterman

Dr Sam Waterman is Assistant Professor in English at Northeastern University London. His teaching specialisms include Shakespearean adaptation, 19th, 20th and 21st century Anglophone literature and literary theory. Sam read for his BA in English Language and Literature and MA in Critical Theory at the University of Sussex before completing a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania.


PhD English (University of Pennsylvania)

MA Critical Theory (University of Sussex)

BA English Language and Literature (University of Sussex)

Dr Sam Waterman's Research

Dr Waterman’s research interests are in 19th, 20th and 21st century literature and literary theory, with a particular focus on histories and theories of work, gender and sexuality studies and affect theory. He is currently completing a monograph entitled After Men: Modernist Adventure and the Regendering of Work. The project traces a genealogy of the creative economy and the feminisation of work in novels by E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen through to contemporary authors such as Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and Rachel Cusk. Sam is a regular participant at academic conferences and a member of BAMS, MSA and BACLS.

Dr Waterman also serves on the committee of the London Modernism Seminar.

Published reviews and articles:

Sally Rooney’s Sapiosexuals (Contemporary Literature, 2023):

Schlegel Capitalism: E.M. Forster and the Cultural Form of Modernist Adventure (Modernism/Modernity, 2022):

Review of At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland by Sarah Cole (Textual Practice, 2015)

Dr Sam Waterman's Teaching

Dr Waterman has taught widely across the modern period in both the US and the UK. At Northeastern University London he has taught on ‘Literature 1830-1900’, ‘Literature 1900 to the Present’, ‘Shakespeare and His Afterlives’, ‘Criticism’, ‘Comparative Literature’ and the NU Mobility course, ‘Cultures of London’. Sam is a regular tutor in cultural studies for the WEA.