Dr Graham Foster

Contact details

Dr Graham Foster
Position/Fellowship type:
Associate Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Oct-2015 to 01-Oct-2017
Institute of English Studies
Room 234A, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Culture, Digital resources, Digitisation, English Literature, Library, Manuscript studies, Philosophy
North America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I am the post-doctoral research assistant on the English Literary Heritage Project, which aims to research the curation and display of literary manuscripts using digital technologies. I completed my PhD in the fiction of David Foster Wallace at Manchester Metropolitan University, and have a research interest in twentieth-century Anglo-American Literature, moral philosophy and archival studies. In 2013, I participated in the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund in collaboration with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University, working to make the archive of Burgess's papers accessible to a general audience by producing podcasts, blog posts, lectures and curating an exhibition. Outside of the English Literary Heritage Project, I am currently researching the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and Anthony Burgess.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
06-Mar-2013 The International Anthony Burgess Foundation Podcasts

A series of five podcasts about Anthony Burgess, undertaken as part of the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund.

27-Sep-2010 A Blasted Region: David Foster Wallace's Man-made Landscapes

Edited Book

Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays, ed. David Hering (Austin: Sideshow Media Group, 2010)

Publications available on SAS-space:

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Feb-2017 ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable’ in the United Kingdom


The issue of migrants convicted or suspected of serious criminality is one that has been high on the media and political agenda in the UK in the last two decades. This paper focuses on three categories of (suspected) criminal migrants - foreign national offenders, individuals considered to pose a security risk and those excluded from refugee status under Article 1F of the Refugee Convention - outlining the scale and demographic of these groups in the UK, governmental measures taken to facilitate their removal and the consequences for those that nevertheless remain. This examination reveals that, despite the UK’s emphasis on removal, legal obstacles and administrative problems continue to frustrate many attempts to remove such persons. As a result, large numbers of individuals are released into the community or remain in detention for often prolonged periods of time. In the case of excluded asylum-seekers, these individuals are subject to an extremely precarious form of leave. The result is these ‘undesirable’ migrants remain in a form of ‘limbo’, with no firm legal status and the prospect of removal ever present. If the emphasis remains on removal rather than looking to alternative in-country solutions that are more than temporary in nature, a viable solution to this issue is likely to remain elusive.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

English Literary Heritage: Curation, Innovation and Outreach

This project aims to explore, creatively and innovatively, how the boundaries between criticism and curation can be crossed. Its ambition is to explore ways of exhibiting manuscripts using digital technologies and to build proof-of-concept models for the study and interpretation of English Literary Heritage objects (manuscripts, archives and library collections).

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