United Kingdom

School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS


Phone: +44 (0)115 848 3074


Bio sketch:

Professor Leonard is Research Coordinator for English, and chairs NTU's English Research Advisory Group. He is also NTU Site Director for the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Prof. Leonard teaches undergraduate modules on literary and critical theory, and on North American Literature. He also teaches on the MRes in English Literary Research. Professor Leonard's research focuses on globalization, technology, and contemporary literature and theory. He is currently completing a monograph titled A World without Ground: On Being and Writing in Orbit. This book considers the relationship between orbital space and perceptions of the world as a planetary body that can be viewed, mapped, and measured as a unitary - global - entity. It focuses on literary and theoretical writing on satellites, orbit, and terrestrial ground, with particular reference to work by Giorgio Agamben, Buzz Aldrin, Erich Auerbach, Dante, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Tess Gerritson, Martin Heidegger, Tom McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Bernard Steigler. This book also considers locative developments in electronic literature, debates about the relationship between the satellite and networked computing, and poetry that has been launched into space. He is also writing The Great Globe Itself: Literature and Theory against the World, a book exploring recent debates in literary studies and philosophy about the limits of globalization as a concept for understanding contemporary transnationalisms. Prof. Leonard co-leads (with Dr Eleanor Byrne at Manchester Metropolitan University) the British Academy/Leverhulme-funded network Troubling Globalization.