Teaching in 2017
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
Scottish literature; Science Fiction; Utopia and Dystopia; Bertolt Brecht; New Zealand literature; Literary theory; Marxism.
BA(Hons) VictoriaMA (Distinction) Victoria
Current research projects
I am currently working on four quite different projects. Charles Ferrall and I are co-editing a volume of British Literature in Transition for Cambridge UP, exploring 1920-1940. I'm also writing chapters on the historical novel in Britain from the 1980s, and on Edward Said, Marxism and international modernism. Another project involves looking at the poetry and literary writings of the first leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, Harry Holland, and his readings of Robert Burns. Finally, I am also studying Tokyo in English literature.
I write the New Zealand / Pacific entry for the Year’s Work in English Studies.
Areas of supervision
- Scottish literature since 1707.
- The novel.
- Science Fiction.
- Utopia and Dystopia.
- Bertolt Brecht.
- New Zealand literature.
- Theories and cultural practices of modernism and postmodernism.
- Literary theory.
- ‘Utopias Old and New’, Counterfutures 1: 2016.
- 'The Forrests as Science Fiction', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 51: 1, 2016.
- ‘Failing Better: Iron Council, Benjamin, Revolution’ in Caroline Edwards and Tony Venezia (eds.), China Miéville: Critical Essays (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2015).
- Writing the 1926 General Strike: Literature, Culture, Politics, co-written with Charles Ferrall. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- 'Reading Nowhere in Erewhon: Bellamy, Morris, and New Zealand', Kotare, 2014.'The Forrests as Science Fiction', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 2014.
- 'Migration, my Nation! Poetry, World Literature, and Resistance' Overland Literary Journal, 216, 2014.
- 'Japan: Politics and Struggle After the Tsunami' Marxist Left Review, no. 5, 2013.
- The Scottish Pacific, special issue of the International Journal of Scottish Literature, co-edited with Philip Steer, 2013.
- "Notes on Dispute as a Journal of Poetics" Ka Mate Ka Ora: a New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 12, 2013.
- "A Game of Torn Halves: Baxter, Burns, and Biculturalism," Journal of New Zealand Literature 30, (2012).
- (with Liam McIlvanney) (ed.), James K. Baxter and Robert Burns (a special issue of Journal of New Zealand Literature) 30 (2012).
- "Man Alone / Mulgan / Marxism", Journal of New Zealand Studies 13, 2012.
- "The Auld Bollocks: James Kelman’s Masturbators", International Review of Scottish Studies 37, (2012).
- Forecasts of the Past: Globalisation, History, Realism, Utopia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012).
- "Fragments, Ruins, Translations: Carl Shuker’s Online Fictions", Journal of New Zealand Studies in Japan, 18: 2011.
- "Japan in the Supermarket of the Kiwi Psyche", Journal of New Zealand Literature, 27, 2009.
- "Baxter's Burns", Ka Mate Ka Ora: a New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 8, 2009.
- "Is Life Beautiful? Narrative Uncertainty and 'Literary Anti-Trotskyism' in Trainspotting," International Journal of Scottish Literature, no. 5, 2009.
- "Sheffield Year Zero: the Ends of GB84", Critical Engagements 2.2, 2008.
- '"Edging Back into Awareness": How Late it Was, How Late, Form, and the Utopian Demand', Colloquy, 15, June 2008.
- "Unfinished Episodes", Double Dialogues, vol. 7, 2007.
- "Reading the Maps: Realism, Science Fiction and Utopian Strategies" in Andrew Milner, Matthew Ryan and Robert Savage (eds.), Imagining the Future: Utopia and Dystopia (Melbourne: Arena Publications, 2006).
- "Sounding the Future: the Plays of Terry Eagleton", Cultural Logic, vol. 8, 2005.
- The Many Lives of Galileo: Brecht, Theatre and Translation's Political Unconscious (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005).