Centre for Studies in Literature


Ms Lisa Felstead

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6033
  • Email: lisa.felstead@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My PhD examines the representation of male friendships within American fiction written after the Second World War. It specifically focuses upon the connection between American masculinity and male-bonding within this contemporary literature. It also considers the function of male violence, including sexual violence, within these male friendships. 

I am specifically concerned with the white middle-class male who feels emasculated in post-war American culture by an ever expanding, urbanised and consumer-driven populace, and threatened by the increasingly visible homosexual figure and the politics derivative of feminism. I explore how iconic twentieth-century American literature presents violence as the only means of re-establishing masculinity and a male-centred space.

My central research interests are contemporary American literature and culture, gender and queer theory and theories of identity.