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 two major projects. One is a study of Tokyo in Anglophone literatures. The other is a history of Social Credit and Modernist writers and writing.
I write the New Zealand / Pacific entry for the Year’s Work in English Studies.
Areas of supervision
- Scottish literature since 1707.
- Science Fiction.
- Utopian thought and literature.
- Bertolt Brecht.
- Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand literature.
- Theories and cultural practices of modernism and postmodernism.
- Literary theory.
- ‘While History Happens Elsewhere: Fiction and Political Quietism’ in A History of New Zealand Literature, ed. Mark Williams (Cambridge UP, 2016)
- Robert Burns: Poet and Revolutionist. By Harry Holland. Edited by Dougal McNeill. (Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2016).
- ‘Sweetness and Light Belong to us: the Maoriland Worker and Proletarian Poetics’, with Alistair Murray, Kōtare 2016.
- ‘Labouring Feeling: Harry Holland’s Political Emotions’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, 21, 2015.
- ‘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).