Staff profile

Dr Alice Haines

Lecturer in English Language


English; Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education






Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in English Language with a specialisation in literary linguistics, including stylistics, cognitive poetics, narratology, and pragmatics. I am particularly interested in how texts can encourage readers to experience a range of emotions.

Teaching responsibilities

Currently, I am module leader for:

I also teach on other modules within the BA and MA English programmes and supervise dissertations at third-year level.

Research interests

My research interests lie in stylistics and cognitive poetics and I draw on a range of fields within linguistics and cognitive neuroscience in my approach. I am currently writing a monograph on humour in literature, which proposes a new cognitive stylistic and pragmatic model for the analysis of how readers can both recognise and appreciate the humour in fiction and poetry.

My interests include the pragmatics of both literary and non-literary communication and I am expanding the approach I take to humour analysis to develop the wider application of this model.


Additional interests and activities

I have a regular column in Babel: The Language Magazine called ‘Kill The Joke’, in which I explain to a wider audience the linguistics of humour.