Allan Johnson

Dr Allan Kilner-Johnson

Associate Dean (Doctoral College) & Senior Lecturer in English Literature
BA (Baldwin-Wallace), MA (Leeds), PhD (Leeds)
+44 (0)1483 683122
11 AD 02


Areas of specialism

Literary modernism; Modernism and mass culture; Sexuality and desire; Literary architecture; Western esotericism; Psychoanalysis

University roles and responsibilities

  • Director of Postgraduate Research for English Literature, Creative Writing, and Film Studies

My qualifications

PhD, English Literature
University of Leeds
MA, Twentieth-Century Literature
University of Leeds
BA, English with Art History
Baldwin-Wallace College

Previous roles

2013 - 2016
Assistant Professor of English Literature
City University of Hong Kong
2012 - 2012
Associate Lecturer
Birkbeck, University of London

Affiliations and memberships

Royal Society of Arts
Associate Fellow
Higher Education Academy


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

    • Reader for Peter Lang, English Studies, Papers in Language and Literature, Journal of Homosexuality, CEA Critic (Journal of the College English Association), Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and Research in Learning Technology, current
    • Grant reviewer for AHRC & Freie Universität Berlin
    • Associate Editor, Correspondences, 2016-current
    • Director, Magic, Language, and Society Network, 2016-current
    • Advisory Board, International Society of Fin-de-Siècle Studies, 2016-current
    • Editorial Board, Technoculture, 2013-2015.
    • University Senate, Academic Review Committee (City University of Hong Kong, 2015).
    • Department Executive Committee (City University of Hong Kong, 2015).


Postgraduate research supervision

My teaching

My publications


(2017). Masculine Identity in Modernist Literature: Castration, Narration, and a Sense of the Beginning, 1919-1945, London: Palgrave Macmillan
(2014). Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence, London: Palgrave Macmillan
(2017). ‘The Pleasure of Conspicuous Leisure in Sister Carrie and The House of Mirth’, English Studies
(2016). ‘Architectural Space and the Failures of ‘Complete’ Houses in Heartbreak House’, SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, (2016) 36:2, 203-14.
(2016). ‘“The doors would be taken off their hinges”: Space, Place, and Architectural Absence in Virginia Woolf’, English Studies, (2016) 97:4, 412-419.
(2016). ‘Designing “Authenticity” in Digital Learning Environments’, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, (2016) 9
(2015). ‘Thresholds of Interpretation: Identifying, Producing, and Supporting with The Turn of the Screw’ CEA Critic (Journal of the College English Association) (2015) 77.2, 196-210.
(2015). ‘The Authentic and Artificial Histories of Mechanical Reproduction in Doctorow’s Ragtime’, Orbis Litterarum, (2015) 72:2, 89-107.
(2014). ‘It’s Vestimentary, My Dear Watson: Fashion, Disguise, and Criminality in Sherlock’, Film, Fashion and Consumption, (2014) 4:2, 115-127.
(2013). ‘Buried Temples and Open Planes: Alethea Hayter, Alan Hollinghurst, and the Architecture of Drug-Taking’, Textual Practice, (2013), 27:7, 1177-1195.
(2009). ‘Ambrose Silk, The Yellow Book, and The Ivory Tower: Influence and Jamesian Aesthetics in Put Out More Flags’, Evelyn Waugh Studies, (2009), 40:2.
(2018). ‘Decadence in the Time of AIDS’, Decadence: A Literary History, ed. Alex Murray (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
(2018). ‘“A gay story, a history”: Gay Male Liberation and Queer Rumination’, Accelerated Times, Volume 5: British Literature in Transition, 1980-2000, eds Berthold Schoene and Eileen Pollard (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
(2009). ‘Voices and Language in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land’, T.S. Eliot, ed. John Paul Riquelme (Ipswich: Salem Press, 2009).
(2009). ‘Modernity and Anxiety in Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, Dracula, ed. Jack Lynch (Ipswich: Salem Press, 2009).
(2008). ‘”You are not, not, not to look at your Baedeker”: Renovation of Space and the Mediating Presence of Baedeker’s Northern Italy in E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View’, Origins of English Literary Modernism, 1870-1914. ed. by Gregory Tague (Palo Alto, CA.: Academica, 2008).
(2011). Review of Gregory Currie, Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories, in Notes and Queries, (2011), 58:3.
(2010). Review of Madelyn Detloff, The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century, in Notes and Queries, (2010), 57:2.
(2009). Review of Nicholas Freeman, Conceiving the City: London, Literature, and Art 1870- 1914, in Notes and Queries, (2009), 56:1.
Allan Kilner-Johnson (2020). 'Bernard Shaw's Gnostic Genius', SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, 20:2.
Allan Kilner-Johnson (2020). (at press) '"[God] is a flaming Hebrew letter": Esoteric Camp in Angels in America', Literature and Theology.