Erica Wickerson has spent years buried in European modernism and obscure nineteenth-century literature, but she also enjoys a good Netflix show or a contemporary novel. She is now writing a book combining all her loves, from Charles Dickens to Orange Is the New Black, exploring how stories work and why they matter. This book offers a new take on culture from the classics to the contemporary, questioning why we love the stories we do. 

Erica is a Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, and a British Academy ‘Rising Star’. Her first book, The Architecture of Narrative Time, was published by Oxford University Press and shortlisted for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize. She also writes cultural journalism and has published on all kinds of culture from graphic novels, film and TV, to short stories and doorstopper novels from Europe and beyond.