Professor Chris Hopkins taught for the Open University before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 1990. There he became Head of English in 2002, and then Head of the Humanities Research Centre from 2003 until 2020. 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 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/ .