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Alison’s research focuses on contemporary narrative experiences, both in terms of form and content. She is interested in the composition of contemporary texts, such as the way in which they are written, the potential combination of word and image, and the medium through which they are delivered. As a result, Alison is an expert on contemporary visual fiction and innovative narrative forms such as mobile narratives and immersive theatre. Connected to this, Alison researches how readers and users process and engage with contemporary forms of fiction. Alison is also interested in how we define the contemporary moment as a cultural sensibility beyond the postmodern (e.g. metamodernism).


  • Linguistic approaches to literature (style)
  • Cognitive stylistics / Cognitive Poetics
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Multimodal Fiction
  • Metamodernist Fiction