BA in English Literature and History, MA in Historical Research, PhD in English Literature and History (all from Lancaster University)
Senior Lecturer in English with Film and Television - Man Met Cheshire
Associate Lecturer - Man Met (2013-14)
International Summer Programme Co-ordinator - Lancaster University (2013-14)
Associate Lecturer - Lancaster University (2009-2013)
Departmental Lead for Education
I currently teach on the foundation unit Approaches to English and a L5 unit on Postwar to Contemporary Literature.
I am currently an external examiner for the English programme at Birmingham City University.
My research to date has been interdisciplinary in approach, examining class, gender, and national identity across literature and popular culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. I am particularly interested in the lower middle classes in Britain (the subject of my first monograph - in preparation) and their representations in popular and middlebrow literature, sitcoms, and film. I also write about the influence of landscape on the construction of masculinity, as well as the cultural significance of other key, everyday sites: suburbia, office spaces, commuting.
I am also beginning new research projects on 'landscape programming' within contemporary television, and 'new nature writing' - exploring the commonalities between them as well as the relationship between current and past representations of place. I am currently involved in the Moving Through Landscape network that brings together researchers from a wide range of fields (cultural geography, social/cultural history, literature, digital humanities, television studies, creative writing, sociology, and outdoor studies) to examine the construction of northern identities through the relationship with local landscapes.
Key Words: Middlebrow fiction, rural writing, lower-middle-class masculinities, suburban culture, detective fiction.
NJ. Bishop (2018). Rural Nostalgia: Revisiting the lost idyll in British Library Crime Classics. Green Letters / Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. 22(1),
N. Bishop (2018). Screening Twenty-First Century Sight: Adaptation and 'the most perfect [...] observing machine'. Adaptation. 11(1), pp.58-74.
NJ. Bishop (2016). Mundane or Menacing? “Nobodies” in the Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie. Clues: A Journal of Detection. 34(1),
N. Bishop (2015). Ruralism, Masculinity, and National Identity: The Rambling Clerk in Fiction, 1900–1940. Journal of British Studies. 54(3), pp.654-678.
NJ. Bishop (2018). Presenting the Past: New Directions in Television History. S. Edwards, F. Sayer. In: Histories on Screen: The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and Television. Bloomsbury,
NJ. Bishop (2017). The Nature of Nostalgia. R. Shirley, V. Elson. In: Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll. Paul Holberton Publishing,
NJ. Bishop (2015). Middlebrow "Everyman" or Modernist Figurehead? Experiencing Modernity through the Eyes of the Humble Clerk. In: Middlebrow and Gender, 1890-1945. Brill / Rodopi,
'James Bond needs a new attitude not a new actor', The Conversation (12 May 2017), https://theconversation.com/james-bond-needs-a-new-attitude-not-a-new-actor-77572
'The Return of the Great British 'Manly' Man', The Conversation (27 March 2017), https://theconversation.com/the-return-of-the-great-british-manly-man-74775