Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Stylistics at Coventry University, specialising in cognitive stylistics and contemporary fiction. Previously, I held a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Nottingham (Sep 2010 - Sep 2013), and completed my PhD there in December 2013.

I am currently working on a number of projects. A monograph based on my doctoral research has recently been published with John Benjamins (, and I am also co-writing a textbook on Cognitive Grammar for stylistic application with Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University) (please see publications list for reference details). Additionally, I am involved in an empirical reader response project with Dr Louise Nuttall (University of Huddersfield), which explores the cognitive processes of re-reading.

I have recently presented guest lectures at the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Nottingham. I am also on the academic review board for the journal MESH, which publishes undergraduate work across English studies, and I am the Treasurer for the International Association of Literary Semantics (IALS).



Research Interests

Stylistics; Reader response; Cognitive poetics; Cognitive Grammar; Text World Theory; Contemporary fiction

External positions

Treasurer, International Association of Literary Semantics

Academic Review Board, MESH: Undergraduate work across English Studies (online journal)

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Cognitive grammar Arts & Humanities
Narrator Arts & Humanities
Cognitive poetics Arts & Humanities
Dialectology Arts & Humanities
English as a lingua franca Arts & Humanities
Pragmatic analysis Arts & Humanities
Lexicology Arts & Humanities
New Englishes Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2014 2018

Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics: A Practical Guide

Harrison, C. & Giovanelli, M. 1 Dec 2018 Bloomsbury.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction

Harrison, C. May 2017 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 162 p. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Cognitive grammar
Paul Auster
Cognitive stylistics
Ian McEwan

Finding Elizabeth: Construing Memory in Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

Harrison, C. Nov 2017 In : Journal of Literary Semantics . 46, 2, p. 131-151 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognitive grammar

Book review: Christopher Hart, Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives

Harrison, C. 12 Apr 2016 In : Discourse & Society. 27, 3, p. 355-356

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

English Language: Stylistics

Harrison, C. 1 Dec 2016 In : This Year's Work in English Studies. 95, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Lexical semantics
Pragmatic analysis
New Englishes
English as a lingua franca

Activities 2012 2017

  • 8 Participation in conference
  • 7 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cognitive Approaches to Children's Literature

Harrison, C. (Speaker)
18 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Action chains, grounding and narrative urgency in Enduring Love

Harrison, C. (Invited speaker)
16 Nov 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Re-reading in the classroom

Harrison, C. (Invited speaker)
17 Nov 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Action chains, grounding & narrative urgency in Enduring Love

Harrison, C. (Invited speaker)
13 Nov 2017

Activity: Invited talk