Dr Donna McCormack

Lecturer in English Literature

Qualifications: BA Hons (Leeds), MA (Sussex), PhD (Leeds)

Phone: Work: 01483 68 6173
Room no: 33 AC 05

Office hours

Wednesday 12-1 pm and Thursday 2-4 pm

Further information


I joined Surrey in 2015 as a Lecturer in English Literature after holding a four-year research fellowship at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research, University of Bergen, Norway. I have previously held research fellowships at the School of English, University of Leeds, the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. My research spans the fields of medical humanities, postcolonial studies, queer theory and monster studies, with a focus on contemporary literature and film, embodiment and memory, and biotechnologies. I recently published a monograph with Bloomsbury entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing. My current work also delves into evolutionary theory, with a particular emphasis on Richard Goldschmidt's theory of the Hopeful Monster. I am also working on a monograph provisionally entitled Recycling Global Life: Human Organ Transplantation in Contemporary Literature and Film.

Research Interests

Medical Humanities 

Queer Theory

Postcolonial Fiction

Contemporary Film

Disability Studies

Theories of Evolution and Monstrosity

Research Collaborations

I am currently the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health:


ELI3042 Travel Cultures, ELI1025 Understanding the Novel, ELI2012 Contemporary Literature: Gender and Sexuality

Departmental Duties

Dissertations Tutor

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