Professor Andrew Warnes

Professor Andrew Warnes


I am a Professor of American Studies.


  • Deputy Head of School (from 1 Sept 2018)
  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

I am a researcher in the field of US literary food studies. I am interested in how literature shapes our understanding of the world around us, actively shaping our experience of familiar foods and “foodscapes.” Early on in my career this interest led me to focus on the cultural critique of hunger to be found in many works of African American literature. A second book, Savage Barbecue (2008), shows how writings from colonial America and the heart of the British Empire reinvented the native Caribbean word barbacoa, flooding it with alien and Eurocentric associations that bore no relationship to any actual Amerindian practice. I have also written American Tantalus (2013), an interpretative survey of modern US literature which shows that expressions of insatiable desire, or what Scott Romine calls a "grammar of thwarted longing," are ubiquitous across this diverse tradition. More recently my work has focused on the cultural mediation of the American supermarket system and the promise of mass abundance that it heralded in the 1950s. A short study, How the Shopping Cart Explains Globalization, is forthcoming in 2019, and in my new research I am focusing on the erasure of human production from leading photographic and documentary portrayals of supermarket production. I continue to work on a wide range of US authors, with a particular continuing interest in the African-American tradition and in writings from the middle decades of the twentieth century. I have supervised across all of these areas and am happy to consider future proposals from prospective PhD students.



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  • PhD Leeds 2002
  • MA in American Literature (distinction) Leeds 1998
  • BA in American Studies (first class hons) Lancaster 1995

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Association of American Studies
  • Member of the European Association of American Studies
  • Member of the Raymond Williams Society
  • Associate Member of the Bauman Institute

Research groups and institutes

  • American Studies Research Group