Dr. Chloe Harrison

Lecturer in Stylistics

School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Academia Profile


I am a Lecturer in Stylistics at Coventry University, where I am the module leader for two core undergraduate modules in stylistics (Introduction to Stylistics and Style and Context), which currently run in the first and second year of study. For these courses I am responsible for module planning and curriculum development, and teach lectures, seminars and workshops.

Before starting at Coventry, I completed my doctoral research at the University of Nottingham in September 2013, where I was awarded the post of Postgraduate Teaching Fellow for three years.

I am an early career researcher with a strong background in both stylistics and cognitive poetics, and linguistics more generally. My research itself involves the application of cognitive-linguistic concepts (specifically, Cognitive Grammar, cognitive narratology and text world theory) to pieces of contemporary and postmodern literature. As such it is both diverse and specific, with a literary linguistic focus. More generally, my research interests include but are not limited to: Cognitive Grammar, stylistics, cognitive linguistics, Text World Theory, narratology, postmodern and contemporary fiction, and reader response theories. Alongside other projects, I am currently writing a monograph (forthcoming: John Benjamins) based on my doctoral thesis, Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Literature.


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Discourse Grammar in Contemporary Literature, The University of Nottingham, 2013.
  • Literary Linguistics MA, The University of Nottingham, 2010.
  • English Studies BA (Hons), The University of Nottingham, 2009.

Research interests

I am currently working on a number of projects, including a monograph based on my doctoral research and a textbook on Cognitive Grammar co-written with Dr Marcello Giovanelli from the University of Nottingham (see publications list for reference details).

I am also preparing a funding proposal for a reader response project, which explores the cognitive processes of re-reading with Dr Louise Nuttall, University of Huddersfield.

I have recently presented guest lectures at Sheffield Hallam and the University of Nottingham. I am also on the academic review board for the journal MESH, which publishes undergraduate work across English Studies. 

Recent outputs and publications

Giovanelli, M., and Harrison, C. Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics: A Practical Guide. London: Bloomsbury. [forthcoming]

Harrison, C. Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction. New York: Benjamins. [forthcoming]

Harrison, C., Nuttall, L., Stockwell, P., and Yuan, W. (eds) (2014) Cognitive Grammar in Literature. New York: Benjamins.

Harrison, C. (2014) ‘Attentional windowing in David Foster Wallace’s “The Soul Is Not a Smithy”’. in Cognitive Grammar in Literature. Ed. by Harrison, C., Nuttall, L., Stockwell, P., and Yuan, W. New York: Benjamins, 53-67.

Harrison, C. and Stockwell, P. (2014) 'Cognitive poetics'. in The Bloomsbury Companion to Cognitive Linguistics. Ed. by Littlemore, J., and Taylor, J.R. London: Bloomsbury, 218-233. 

Teaching modules
  • Corpus Stylistics (329DEL)
  • Introduction to Stylistics (129DEL)
  • Project: Dissertation (301DEL)
  • Project Literature Review (300DEL)
  • Style and Context (229DEL)
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021