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Leeds Beckett author shortlisted for top award


A book exploring the teaching of 21st century literature has been nominated for a top international award.

'Teaching the New English' full book cover

Teaching 21st Century Genres by Dr Katy Shaw has been shortlisted for the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award. Dr Shaw teaches in Leeds Beckett University’s School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.

Speaking about the award nomination she said: “I’m delighted that the book has been nominated for such a prestigious award. The nomination is an acknowledgement of Leeds Beckett University’s position at the cutting edge of research informed teaching in the field of twenty first century writings, as well as recognition of the explosion of teaching in the field of genre studies since the year 2000. The book features a range of academics who are furthering our comprehension of contemporary genres and their impact across academic disciplines and popular culture in the new millennium.”

The book is part of the Teaching the New English series by Palgrave.

The Teaching Literature Book Award seeks to encourage and recognise excellence in research on teaching literature by honouring a book-length work on teaching literature at the post-secondary or graduate level. The winner of the prize, who will be announced in September, will be invited to give a talk at Idaho State University, asked to serve on the prize committee for the following competition and will receive a certificate and plaque.

Dr Katy Shaw is the subject lead for English Literature, Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Associate Director of the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University.

Dr Shaw leads research into 21st century writings at Leeds Beckett University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature; cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration; and the languages of comedy. Her books include: Crunch Lit, exploring the fiction inspired by the financial crisis of 2008, and Mining the Meaning: Cultural Representations of the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike.

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