Associate Professor in English Literature, Faculty of Arts
D. H. Lawrence; literary modernism; late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture; biography; textual criticism and editing; book history.
I am founding editor of the Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies: I edited this journal from 2006-2011 and currently act as Advisory Editor. I am on the Editorial Board of the journals Katherine Mansfield Studies and the D. H. Lawrence Review. I have reviewed articles for a number of journals, and I have reviewed manuscripts for Palgrave, Routledge, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. I am Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre in the School of English (part of the School's Centre for Regional Literature and Culture); President of the D. H. Lawrence Society of Great Britain; and a member of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America and the Katherine Mansfield Society.
Outreach and Public Engagement
I work closely with the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, the University's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, and the D. H. Lawrence Society to organise a wide range of outreach events, including the annual D. H. Lawrence Festival of Culture. I also liaise with the local, national and international media to raise the profile of D. H. Lawrence and his links with the University and the region. In 2016 I was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Medal for my work in helping regional communities to understand and celebrate their rich literary heritage.
My teaching draws on my research in twentieth-century literature; it covers a range of areas including modernist writing, post-war and contemporary literature, regional writing, and the work of D. H.… read more
My current research focuses on D. H. Lawrence, literary biography, textual criticism and editing, modernism, book history, and the literary marketplace. I am the author of The Life of D. H. Lawrence… read more
D. H. Lawrence; Katherine Mansfield; literary modernism; twentieth-century literature
I have successfully supervised (or co-supervised) to completion eight PhD theses on: short film adaptations of D. H. Lawrence's short stories; D. H. Lawrence and his early interactions with the literary marketplace; space and place in Anglophone and German language poetry of the 1960s and 1970s; Radclyffe Hall and male homosexuality; the Chinese influence on Bloomsbury; Katherine Mansfield and the literary marketplace; D. H. Lawrence's travel writings and writings on travel; contemporary fiction and globalisation.
My one current M4C-funded PhD student (co-supervised with Professor Andrew Thacker of Nottingham Trent University) is working on D. H. Lawrence and censorship.
My teaching draws on my research in twentieth-century literature; it covers a range of areas including modernist writing, post-war and contemporary literature, regional writing, and the work of D. H. Lawrence. I teach students at all levels, from first-year undergraduates to postgraduates. In 2013 I was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for excellence in teaching.
Undergraduate modules taught
I co-convene the level three module 'Single Author Study' (and teach the strand on D. H. Lawrence), and I contribute to the teaching of twentieth-century and contemporary literature on the level one and level two modules 'Studying Literature' and 'Modern and Contemporary Literature'. I also regularly convene the level one subsidiary module 'Regional Writers'.
Postgraduate modules taught
I convene the Distance Learning module 'D. H. Lawrence and Modernism' and the Applied English pod 'Modernism and D. H. Lawrence'. I currently teach on the MA modules 'Modernism and the Avant Garde in Literature and Drama' and 'Textualities'.
My current research focuses on D. H. Lawrence, literary biography, textual criticism and editing, modernism, book history, and the literary marketplace. I am the author of The Life of D. H. Lawrence (2016), a volume in the Wiley-Blackwell Critical Biographies series. An important facet of the research for this book entailed discovering new materials related to Lawrence's life and writing practices. For example, since 2010 I have edited and annotated recently-discovered correspondence for the annual Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies, and in March 2013 I published an article in the Times Literary Supplement on my discovery of an unpublished Lawrence manuscript. I have edited a major new collection of essays on Lawrence entitled D. H. Lawrence in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and I am currently under contract to edit Wyndham Lewis' Paleface for Oxford University Press.
My previous research focused on D. H. Lawrence's relationship to literary modernism. In addition to numerous articles, I have published a monograph on D. H. Lawrence and Italian Futurism (Rodopi, 2003) and co-edited a casebook of modern critical essays on Sons and Lovers (Oxford University Press, 2005).