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Dr Katy Price, BA (Manchester) MA (Sheffield) PhD (Cambridge)

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature



Katy Price

I arrived at Queen Mary in September 2012, having previously taught English and Creative Writing for 8 years at Anglia Ruskin University. Before that I was a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College Cambridge until 2004, and I completed my PhD in 2001 at King’s College Cambridge where I researched the literary uses of physics in the 1920s. I received an MA English Literature from the University of Sheffield in 1998 and a BA Combined Studies from the University of Manchester in 1996. Outside of Queen Mary my interests include cricket, chi kung, and community activities in Tottenham, I am a trained trade union representative for the University and Colleges Union, with a focus on equalities. My preferred pronoun is they / their.


Undergraduate teaching:

In the 2015-16 academic year, I am teaching on:

Postgraduate teaching:

In the 2015-16 academic year, I am teaching on:


Research interests:

  • Science in culture
  • Popular culture and mass media since 1900
  • Radio and sound technology
  • The poetry of William Empson
  • Parapsychology
  • Dreams
  • Postcolonial science fiction and fantasy

Recent and On-Going Research:

My first book, Loving Faster than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein’s Universe (Chicago, 2012) explores the uses of Einstein’s theories of relativity in literary and popular culture in Britain during the 1920s and 30s.

I have a moustache, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has featured in performances of Edwardian technology and Victorian telepathy statistics.

I am currently writing a book about prophetic dreams from the 1880s to the present, focusing on the evolving relationship between mass media, dreams and whiteness in the harvesting and narration of dreams that come true. This project is returning me to an interest in Social Anthropology which comprised a third of my BA Combined Studies.


‘Gender and the Domestication of Wireless Technology in 1920s Pulp Fiction’, in Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science eds Donald L. Opitz, Staffan Bergwik and Brigitte van Tiggelen (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp. 129-150.

Testimonies of precognition and encounters with psychiatry in letters to J. B. Priestley’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 48 (2014) pp. 103-111

‘Science and Technology’, in A Companion to Modernist Poetry, eds David E. Chinitz and Gail McDonald (Chichester: John Wiley, 2014), pp. 69-80

‘Artifacts in Performance’, in Material Culture and Electronic Sound, ed. F. Weium and T. Boon (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013), pp. 45-68

‘William Empson, Ants and Aliens’, in Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions, ed. J. R. Holmes (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012), pp. 116-29

Loving Faster Than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein's Universe (London: University of Chicago Press, 2012)

‘"On the Back of the Light Waves": Novel Possibilities in the Fourth Dimension’, in Literature and Science, ed. S. Ruston (D. S. Brewer, 2008), pp. 91-110

‘Monogamy and the Next Step? William Empson and the Future of Love in Einstein’s Universe’, in Versions of Empson, ed. Matthew Bevis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 242-263

‘Interdisciplinarity and Public Engagement’, in In(ter)Discipline: New Languages for Criticism, eds. Gillian Beer, Malcolm Bowie, Beate Perrey. (Oxford: Legenda, 2007), pp. 211-220

‘Peter Robinson, what are you trying to prove?’, The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson, eds. Katy Price and Adam Piette (Cambridge: Salt, 2005), pp. 219-232

Flame far too hot: William Empson’s non-Euclidean predicament’, Interdisciplinary Science Review (2002), 30: 312-322

Finite But Unbounded: Experiment magazine, Cambridge, England, 1928-31', Jacket 20.

See also my Queen Mary Research Publications profile


PhD Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.

Public engagement

You can read about some of my media and public appearances here.

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