I completed my undergraduate and Masters studies at University College Cork after which I moved to Oxford Brookes University to complete my PhD with full AHRC funding. Upon completion of my doctorate I moved to the Rothermere American Institute (University of Oxford) as Academic Director before returning to Brookes to take up a UKRI postdoctoral fellowship in the Cultures of Modernism. I joined the University of Leicester in 2008 as Lecturer in American Literature; I became Associate Professor of American Literature in 2011 Director of Studies for English in 2016 and Head of the School of Arts in 2021.
I am currently writing a major new project entitled The Ache of Modernism which examines the painterly aesthetics of Willa Cather’s writing. I am also edited a centenary edition of Willa Cather's novel Death Comes for the Archbishop for Oxford University Press. I have published over thirty scholarly articles and chapters on American modernism American novelists such as Don DeLillo John Updike and Philip Roth genre 9/11 and the American imagination and transcultural and transnational influences upon American writers.
(0) Catherine Morley, ed., Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2025)
Catherine Morley, ed., 9/11: Topics in Contemporary American Literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).
Catherine Morley, Modern American Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).
Catherine Morley, The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Literature: John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo (New York: Routledge, 2009; paperback edition, 2010).
Catherine Morley, 'Agitators and Intellectuals: Radical Jewish Storytellers' in Ross Wilson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to New York Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 31-46
Catherine Morley, 'Women's Voices: The Assimilated Subject and the Persistence of Marginalisation' in Victoria Aarons, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the New Jewish American Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 156-168.
Catherine Morley, 'Architects of History: Protest and Experimentation in American Writing of the 1930s' in William Solomon, ed., The Cambridge Companion to American Literature of the 1930s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 55-71.
Catherine Morley, 'The Book of My Life is a Book of Voices': Philip Roth and the Bloodlines of his Fiction', Philip Roth Studies, 15.1 (Spring 2019), pp. 98-104.
Catherine Morley, 'Willa Cather and Dutch Golden Age Painting', Modernist Cultures, 11.1 (2016), pp. 118-136.
Catherine Morley, 'How Do We Write about This? The Domestic and the Global in the Post-9/11 Novel', Journal of American Studies, Vol. 45, Special Issue 04, 2011, pp. 717- 731.
I teach on the UG English BA degree the BA in English and American Studies the BA American Studies as well as the MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
I am happy to field media queries on any aspect of twentieth and twenty-first century American literary or visual culture.