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Dr Louise Nuttall

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Dr Louise Nuttall

BA MA PhD (Nottingham)

Lecturer in Stylistics


Louise is a Lecturer in Stylistics at the University of Huddersfield, which she joined in January 2016. Louise gained her PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2015, where she also obtained a BA in English Studies in 2010 and an MA in Literary Linguistics in 2012. Her PhD research investigated the application of cognitive grammar in the stylistic analysis of prose fiction, focusing on the linguistic projection of character minds. Both her MA and PhD were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her first published article was awarded the 2015 PALA Prize for best article published in Sage’s Language and Literature journal by a newcomer to the field.

Research and Scholarship


Louise’s research interests centre in stylistics, cognitive linguistics and points of contact between the two. Her research draws on developments in Cognitive Grammar, Text World Theory and cognitive narratology in order to enrich the analysis of mind-style in literary and non-literary texts. Louise has worked with, and continues to explore, new methodologies for analysing reader responses to texts, both online and in person. She is particularly interested in how such analysis can be used to test the accounts of language and mind set out in cognitive linguistics. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Nuttall, L (2015) ‘Attributing minds to vampires in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend’ Language and Literature , 24 (1), pp. 23-39. ISSN 0963-9470


Nuttall, L (2014) ‘Constructing a text-world for The Handmaid's Tale’. In: Cognitive Grammar in Literature. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 83-99. ISBN 9789027234049

Harrison, C., Nuttall, L., Stockwell, P. and Yuan, W. (2014) Cognitive Grammar in Literature . Linguistic Approaches to Literature. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins. ISBN 978 90 272 3404 9


Series Editor:

Advances in Stylistics (Bloomsbury, 2017 - present, with Dan McIntyre)

Board Member:

Secretary, International Association of Literary Semantics (2017 - present)

Editorial Assistant:

Babel: The Language Magazine (2017 - present)


2012-15: Arts and Humanities Research Council Full Doctoral Award

2014: AHRC Research Training Support Grant

2013: University of Nottingham Graduate School Travel Prize

2011-12: AHRC Research Preparation Masters Award 

Conference organisation:

'Symposium for A-Level Teachers of English Language', University of Huddersfield (June 2016, June 2017)

‘Real, Ideal or Implied? The Reader in Stylistics’, University of Nottingham, School of English (June 2014)

‘Cognitive Grammar in Literature Symposium’, University of Nottingham, School of English (Feb 2013)

Research degree supervision

Louise is interested in supervising Masters and PhD research in:

  • Cognitive stylistic approaches to the analysis of prose and poetry
  • Linguistic representations of mind/worldview in fiction or non-fiction
  • Applications of cognitive grammar to discourse

Please feel free to contact me if you have other ideas for projects that you think I might be interested in supervising

Administrative responsibilities

Outreach Liaison for Linguistics and Modern Languages.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Louise is Module Leader for the following modules:

  • AFL1503 Introduction to Stylistics
  • AIL2506 Stylistics
  • AFL1502 Approaches to Language Study (Jan-Jul 2016 acting module leader only)

Louise also teaches on:

  • AHL3501 Dissertation in English Language and Linguistics