Dr Anthony Warde

Department for Lifelong Learning

University Tutor: Foundation Programme

Personal Tutor

Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinator


I came to Sheffield in 2007 to undertake a PhD on the late fiction of Cormac McCarthy, which I completed in 2010. I have taught at both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University since 2008, joining the Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) in 2009.

My core interests lie in modern and contemporary literature and narrative theory, although my teaching spans texts and topics ranging from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf, from classical myth and legend to contemporary culture.

Since joining DLL, I have also developed teaching and research interests in academic skills and reflective learning, with a particular emphasis on identifying effective and supportive pedagogies and learning strategies for mature and atypical students.

Research interests

My doctoral research focuses on contemporary literature and culture and contemporary theories of narrative (including narratology, stylistics and text world theory).

My subsequent research interests centre on two main areas: ‘Weird Westerns’ (such as Westworld and The Dark Tower series), in which the tropes of the classic American myth are fused with fantastical elements from genres ranging from Science Fiction to Gothic Horror; and dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, which project the concerns of the present (political, technological, ecological) onto a nightmarish future.

I am also an associate member of ‘iHuman’, an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield that aims to explore what it means to be human in the twenty-first century

Research group


Teaching activities

I currently teach and supervise students on the following courses at the Department for Lifelong Learning:

  • ACE0340 Academic Literacy and Communication Skills
  • ACE0349 Extended Project
  • ACE0351 Introduction to the Humanities
  • ACE0353/1361 Time and Humanity
  • 2016 ‘All is Telling’: Narrative Concerns and Techniques in the Later Novels of Cormac McCarthy. Manchester, Manchester University Press.
  • 2011 ‘“Whatever form you spoke of you were right”: Multivalence and Ambiguous Address in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.’ Language and Literature: Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, 20 (4): 333 - 346.
  • 2010 ‘“Justified in the World”: Spatial Values and Sensuous Geographies in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.’ Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, 1 (10). Available from: http://www.forumjournal.org.
  • 2005 ‘“One was a Woman, the Other a Man”: A Psychoanalytic Study of Sexual Identity in the Novels of Toni Morrison.’ The AnaChronisT: Journal of English and American Studies 1(11): 270-293.