Sharon Monteith

Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at Nottingham Trent University and is the recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship writing The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History, an archival and interdisciplinary study that will extend civil rights historiography to include the recovery of neglected activists, activist-writers and texts. Sharon works with a range of methodological approaches and creative interventions, and is particularly interested in the ways that critical-creative writing can extend the historiography as well as intervene in literary history.

Find out more about Sharon and Critical Poetics here.

Selected publications

Gender and the Civil Rights Movement(ed.) Peter Ling and Sharon Monteith, (rpt. 2004, New York: Routledge, 2018).

Pat Barker, Sharon Monteith (2nd edition, Tavistock: Northcote House Publishers Ltd., 2017).

Staging a Dream: Untold Stories and Transatlantic Legacies of the March on Washington, (ed.) Marcia Chatelain, Sharon Monteith, Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (London: German Historical Institute, 2015).

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South, (ed.) Sharon Monteith (New York: CUP, 2013).

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 18: Media, (ed.) Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade, (ed.) Sharon Monteith, Grzegorz Kosc, Clara Juncker, Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (Munich: Transcript, 2013).

American Culture in the 1960s, Sharon Monteith (Edinburgh:Edinburgh University Press, 2008).

Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker, (ed.) Sharon Monteith, Margaretta Jolly, Nahem Yousaf, Ronald Paul (Columbia: University South Carolina Press, 2005).

Advancing Sisterhood: Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction, Sharon Monteith (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001).

Selected Articles and Essays


“1968 and the screen” in Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity ed. by Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

“”Who was William Faulkner to them?” Racial Liberals and Civil Rights Workers in the Civil Rights Era” in Fifty Years After Faulkner, ed. by Jay Watson and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016), 222-235.

“Civil Rights Fiction Film” in The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature ed. by Julie Armstrong (CUP, 2015), 123-142.

‘“I second that emotion”: a case for using imaginative sources in writing civil rights history’ in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 49, No. 4, 2015), 440-465.

Sharon Monteith