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Dr Allyson Stack

Senior Lecturer

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Master of Fine Art, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts, Yale Univeristy


Dr Allyson Stack holds a BA from Yale, an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.  A critic as well as a fiction writer, she has taught literature and creative writing on both sides of the Atlantic.  Her short stories have appeared in journals throughout the United States and in Britain, and her fiction has been featured on National Public Radio and fourthirtythree Audio Magazine.  She has received the AWP National Director’s Prize for her issue of Alligator Juniper, and her story 'The Front' was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.  Most recently, her critical work has appeared in Seductions and Enigmas: Laplanche, Theory, Culture (Lawrence & Wishart, 2014), and her novel Under the Heartless Blue was published by FREIGHT in June, 2016.  She is currently writing her second novel (ALL THAT'S LEFT UNSAID) and researching the role of apostrophe in  Willa Cather's O PIONEERS!.

Research Interests

  • North American fiction in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the work of Edith Wharton and Willa Cather
  • the novel as a form
  • fiction writers writing on writing
  • psychoanalytic theory, particularly the work of Jean Laplanche, and feminist theory


Postgraduate Teaching

Acts of Storytelling: Narrator, Text, and Audience

Exploring the Novel

Undergraduate Teaching

Creative Writing Prose

Critical Practice: Prose

Research outputs

  1. Blue

    Research output: Other contribution

  2. The Crossing

    Research output: Other contribution

  3. Under the Heartless Blue

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Research activities & awards

  1. Writers Read

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Forgotten Histories, Compelling Stories

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Golden Hare Books Author Series

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

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Research projects

  1. Until Only the Mountain Remains

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

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