Dr Thomas Knowles
Thomas Knowles completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Nottingham Trent University; he read for his undergraduate English Literature degree at Birmingham City University. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught on a wide range of literature modules at Birmingham City University and the University of Worcester.
Thomas’ PhD thesis explored the legacies of Romanticism in the work of the twentieth-century British author, J. G. Ballard, and his research interests continue to span the literature and culture of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published on subjects including J. G. Ballard, nineteenth-century lunatic asylums, and the emergence of the Gothic in contemporary television serials. He is currently leading a digital humanities project which aims to develop an interactive timeline tool for students, teachers and researchers. Thomas has organized a number of one-day symposiums at Birmingham City University, including ‘Philip K. Dick Day 2016’ and the forthcoming ‘J. G. Ballard Day 2016’.