Dougal McNeill

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Senior Lecturer School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Scottish literature; Science Fiction; Utopia and Dystopia; Modernism; Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand literature; Literary theory; Marxism.


BA Otago
BA(Hons) Victoria
MA (Distinction) Victoria
PhD Melbourne

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
  • marxism.

Recent publications

  • ‘Postcolonial and Transnational Modernism’ in After Said: Postcolonial Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Bashir Abu-Manneh (Cambridge UP, 2019).
  • ‘Historical Fiction and Political Regeneration’ in Accelerated Times: British Literature in Transition 1980-2000, ed. Eileen Pollard and Berthold Schoene (Cambridge UP, 2019).
  • Futility and Anarchy: British Literature in Transition 1920-1940, co-edited with Charles Ferrall (Cambridge UP, 2018).
  • ‘Pacific Doors: Earle Birney, Allen Curnow, and Pacific Modernisms’, Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne 43: 1, 2018.
  • Reading Raymond Williams in Aotearoa, a special issue of the Journal of New Zealand Studies co-edited with Shintaro Kono and Alistair Murray (2018).
  • ‘British Fictions After Devolution: William Boyd’s Culinary Arts’, International Review of Scottish Studies, 42, 2017.
  • ‘Bobby Burns on the Wallaby: Scottish Literature and Antipodean Labour’, Scottish Literary Review, 9: 2, 2017.
  • ‘The Short Story in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 12, ed. Paul Sharrad et al (Oxford UP, 2017).
  • ‘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.
  • ‘Utopias Old and New’, Counterfutures 1: 2016.
  • 'The Forrests as Science Fiction', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 51: 1, 2016.
  • ‘Labouring Feeling: Harry Holland’s Political Emotions’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, 21, 2015.
  • ‘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 UP, 2015).
  • 'Reading Nowhere in Erewhon: Bellamy, Morris, and New Zealand', Kotare, 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).
  • Professional links and responsibilities

    Member, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Modernist Studies Association, MLA.

    Blogging and selected journalism


    Teaching in 2019