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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 volunteering at the Selby Trust in Tottenham. I am a trained trade union representative for the University and Colleges Union and am currently studying for a TUC Diploma in Equalities.


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 since 1900
  • Music technology
  • The poetry of William Empson
  • Parapsychology in literature and culture

Recent and On-Going Research:

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

As part of an AHRC grant in the “Care for the Future” theme I have been dressing up as an Edwardian man and demonstrating the phonograph and magic lantern to public audiences around the UK.

I am currently researching the social history of prophetic dreams, focusing on precognitive and prophetic dream narration as a site of negotiation between cultural authority and non-elite experience. This project is returning me to an interest in Social Anthropology which composed a third of my BA Combined Studies.


‘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

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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