Professor Chris Hopkins taught part-time for Warwick University and the Open University for five years before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 1990. There he became Head of English in 2002, and was Head of the Humanities Research Centre from 2003 until 2020; he was appointed to a Personal Chair in 2005. He retired in December 2020 and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of English. He works mainly on British writing between 1900 and 1950, with particular interests in working-class writing, women’s writing, Welsh writing in English, writing of World War 2, and popular fiction. He is also interested in book illustration, the visual arts, and film.
He has published three books: Thinking about Texts – An Introduction to English Studies, (Macmillan 2001, revised edition 2008), English Fiction in the 1930s: Language, Genre, History (Continuum, 2006) and Walter Greenwood’s Love on the Dole: Novel, Play, Film (Liverpool University Press, 2018).
He was commissioned by the BFI to write an introductory essay for their 2016 re-release of the film of Love on the Dole in a high definition transfer in DVD and Blu-ray formats.
He is editor of the Reading 1900-1950 blog: https://reading19001950.wordpress.com/ and of the blog/website: Walter Greenwood: Not Just Love on the Dole: https://wordpress.com/view/waltergreenwoodnotjustloveonthedole.com . He is a founding member and academic adviser for the Reading Sheffield community research group: https://www.readingsheffield.co.uk/ .