Dr Charlie Lee-Potter

Personal profile

Dr Charlie Lee-Potter is Teaching Fellow in American Literature. She studied English at Bedford College, University of London and went on to become a BBC TV documentary maker, BBC news correspondent (Today programme), BBC Radio 4 presenter (PM, The World At One, The World Tonight, The World This Weekend and Open Book) and newspaper and magazine journalist (New Statesman, Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Independent, Cereal magazine). Charlie returned to academia, although she continues to work as a journalist, and completed her PhD on the post-9/11 novel. Her recent monograph Writing the 9/11 Decade: Reportage and the Evolution of the Novel (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the 2018 University English Book Prize. 

Charlie is currently working on two books: the first examines the cultural, aesthetic and political life of the microphone and the second analyses the use of geometric forms in literature, art and music. Her research interests include the literary text and the spoken voice, mathematical form in literature and art, digital humanities, the journalistic essay, and the representation of the written word in visual culture. She is a printmaker and works on both a Victorian relief press and a contemporary etching press. Her most recent drypoint etchings used text and images to reflect on refugees and migration. The series of prints was selected for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking's Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition in the USA. 

Charie is committed to outreach and public engagement and gives talks to schools each year on literature, journalism and broadcasting. She writes a blog about iiterature, art, music and food and is a regular presenter at literary festivals. She can be found on Twitter @cleepotter


Research interests

  • Twentieth and twenty-first century American literature
  • The post-9/11 novel
  • The Victorian novel
  • Digital humanities
  • Mathematics and geometric form in literature
  • Text as image and hand-printed text
  • The Oulipo group
  • Journalistic essays
  • Text and the spoken voice

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