School of English


I graduated with a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009. I joined Kent in 2015 as Lecturer in American Literature. Previously I was Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary American Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, USA.

I am affiliated with the Centre for Gender, Sexuality, and Writing; the Centre for American Studies; and the research cluster in the medical humanities. 

My research interests include contemporary American literature, twentieth century American literature, gender and sexuality studies, African American literature, utopian literature, transnationalism, and affect theory. I have published essays on Colson Whitehead, Toni Morrison, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and William S. Burroughs. I recently co-edited a special issue of Cultural Critique titled “What Comes After the Subject?”

My first monograph Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature (University of Iowa Press), which examines the often denigrated place of utopian literature and theory within the contemporary American literary landscape is due out in 2017. I am currently at work on a second monograph project tracing an aesthetics of cognitive mapping in contemporary American literature.​

Contact Information


Office: W4.E5 (Rutherford)

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Book section
Grattan, S. (2017). Violence. In: Burns, S. ed. American Literature in Transition, 1990–2000. Cambridge University Press, pp. 63-75. Available at:
Grattan, S. (2013). Monstrous Utopia in Toni Morrison's Paradise. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture [Online] 46:367-392. Available at:
Grattan, S. (2011). The Indignant Multitude: Spinozist Marxism after Empire. Mediations [Journal Article] 25.
Grattan, S. (2010). A Grenade With the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias in Cities of the Red Night. Utopian Studies [Online] 21:118-138. Available at:
Edited journal
Grattan, S. ed. (2011). Marx or Spinoza. Meditations: The Journal for the Marxist Literary Group [Online] 25. Available at:
Grattan, S. and Haines, C. (2017). Life After the Subject. [Journal Article].
Grattan, S. (2017). I Think We're Alone Now: Solitude, Affect, and Utopia in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist. [Journal Article].
Grattan, S. (2014). Review of If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past, by Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed. The Newsletter of the American Historical Association's Committee on LGBT History:13-15.
Grattan, S. (2011). Spinoza as Imperative Vardoulakis, D. ed. Mediations: The Journal for the Marxist Literary Group [Online] 25:117-122. Available at:
Grattan, S. (2011). The Promise of Happiness. Social Text Online [Online]:N/A-N/A. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 10 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • American literature
  • Twentieth-century American literature
  • Contemporary American literature
  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • African American Literature
  • Multi-ethnic American literature
  • Utopian studies
  • Critical theory
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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 03/08/2017