Jon Begley specialises in the undergraduate teaching of twentieth and twenty-first century British and American Literature. Jon’’s research is primarily in the field of the contemporary British novel whilst his teaching is founded upon a commitment to student interaction and the potential benefits of emerging technologies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2006, Jon lectured at the University of Leicester and University College Northampton.
Jon teaches on a range of modules offered on the undergraduate English programmes. Teaching interests include modern American literature, film studies, literary and critical theory, modernism and postmodernism, twentieth-century drama and the contemporary novel.
Jon’’s primary research interest is in British fiction of the 1980s and he has written and published materials upon the contemporary ‘State-of-the-Nation’ novel, Martin Amis and the Literature of the Falklands/Malvinas War. Jon is currently developing this field of research in relation to Thatcherism, the ‘post-consensus’ novel and the works of authors such as Ian McEwan, Jonathan Coe, David Peace and Margaret Drabble.
Jon is engaged in a long term investigation into the pedagogic benefits of new technologies and communication platforms in relation to student engagement and synchronous interaction.