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Dr Joanna Croft

Dr Joanna Croft

Telephone: 0151 904 1482



Jo Croft is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, specialising in psychoanalysis, spatial theory, and eco-criticism. She completed her Phd. on ‘Adolescence and Writing: Locating the Borderline’ at Sussex University. Since publishing Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture in 2006 (edited, with Gerry Smyth) Croft’s research has centred on ‘material mobilities’ (especially ‘hoarding’, ‘beachcombing’, ‘gleaning’ and ‘swimming’). She is currently writing a monograph entitled Dreaming on Car Park Beach: The Eco-poetics of Matter and Movement. She is developing her research using ‘cabinet’ based installations, and audio-visual formats. Her short films about swimming have been screened at conferences, and as part of an exhibition about swimming (‘Nofio’) at Aberystwyth Art Centre.



2019. 'Ogden Strokes: Take a Deep Breath'

2017. Plastic waste flows between us

Journal article

Croft J. 2018. Gleaning and Dreaming on Car Park Beach Humanities, 7 :33-33 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Croft J. “The cruelty towards others like ourselves… is difficult to imagine here as you turn to swim your twentieth length”: Swimming and Dreaming of Elsewhere with John Berger Turney R, Van Noord G. Cultural Politics, Public Url

Croft J. Treading Water, Hoarding Swims. Matthews N, Simon J. Life Writing, Public Url


Croft J. 2016. Youth culture and style British Cultural Identities :153-182 9781138951129 DOI

Croft JS. 1998. 'Writing the Adolescent Body' Campbell J, Harbord J. Psycho-politics and Cultural Desires :1-230 Taylor and Francis. London

Croft JS. 1997. 'Looking Up the Adolescent in Freud's Index' Simms K. Ethics and The Subject volume 8 :1-286 Rodopi Press. Amsterdam

Croft J. 'Churning, Processing, Holding On: A Hoarder’s Syntax.' Chapter in The Temporalities of Waste; Out of Sight, Out of Time Allon F, Barcan F, Eddison-Cogan K. The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time Routledge

Croft JS. 'From Wayward Youth to Teenage Dreamer: Between the Bedroom and the Street' Bentley N, Johnson B, Zieleniec A. Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory Palgrave Macmillan

Croft JS. ‘A Life of Longing Behind the Bedroom Door: Adolescent Space and the Makings of Private Identity’ Smyth G, Croft J. Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture :209-226 Rodopi. Amsterdam

Croft J. 'A Life of Longing Beyond the Bedroom Door: Adolescent Space and the Makings of Private Identity' Smyth G, Croft J. Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture Rodopi. Amsterdam and New York 9 789042019690

Croft JS. '"Go hang yourself, you who have never been comfortably seated and eating an olive": The Taste and Defiance of an Adolescent Body' Syrotinski M, MacLachlan I. Sensual Reading: New Approaches to Reading in Its Relations to the Senses :7-350 Bucknell University Press. Lewisburg


Smyth GA, Croft JS . Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Contemporary Culture Smyth GA, Croft J. 1 :11-268 Rodopi. Amsterdam Publisher Url

Conference publication

Croft JS. The Hoarder Next Door and The Hoarder in Me: Phobic Exchanges between People and Stuff Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture

Croft JS. '"The Dilapidation of the Box was Poignant" (Denton Welch): Narratives of Accumulation and Loss (or what Hoarders can tell us about Feelings)’ Historical Perspectives on Loss, Grief and Pain

Croft JS. 'Unpacking my Hoard: A Talk About Literary Hoarding (or “Too many feelings about too many books”) Perversions of Paper

Croft JS. ‘“The Things seemed to be living for me especially”: a moving story of Denton Welch and his stuff’ Material Culture in Action: Practices of Making, Collecting and Re-enacting

Croft JS. ‘Gleaning, Dreaming and Encountering Hyper Objects on the Way to Work’ Supernatural Cities: Exploring the Urban Mindscape

Croft JS. 'Towards an Eco-Poetics of "Car Park Beach"’ 6th Science and Technology Studies’ Italia Conference on ‘Socio-Technical Environments


Croft J. NOFIO/SWIMMING - exhibition held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Sat 17 March to Sat 26 May 2018. Author Url Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Plastic waste flows between us, The lives and afterlives of plastic, Massey university New Zealand, Co-produced with Dr Jo Croft video Online video presentation. 2017