Subjects taught on this MA
Advanced Academic Abilities (6): For students from the Literature and Culture itinerary.
My main area of publication has been war representation, with a particular emphasis on the challenges inherent in the representation of the First World War —authenticity, memory, trauma and the inadequacy of words in the face of extensive violence and death—and on the continuities and discontinuities in the literary responses to war throughout time. I have published articles, chapters and books in these areas and participated in national and international conferences.
I would be happy to supervise work on any of the following areas:
- Representational anxiety in war literature
- World War One narratives: autobiographies, war diaries, memoirs and letters and contemporary historical fiction
- The trope of the soldier as victim/hero
- The trauma of war and its lasting effects on literature
- War memories and cultural narratives of war
- 2020 Co-edition (with David Owen) The Spectre of Defeat: Experience, Memory and Post-Memory. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers (forthcoming)
- 2020 Co-edition (with David Owen) Theoretically Speaking: An Introduction to Literary Theory. Canterbury: Gylphi Arts and Humanities Publisher (forthcoming).
- 2020 “Trauma Theory.” Theoretically Speaking: An Introduction to Literary Theory. Canterbury: Gylphi Arts and Humanities Publisher (forthcoming).
- 2020 “Remembering Victory or Commemorating Defeat? Ivor Gurney’s Warring Memories” The Spectre of Defeat: Experience, Memory and Post-Memory. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers (forthcoming)
- 2018 “‘Prefer not, eh?’: Re-Scribing the Lives of the Great War Poets in Contemporary British Historical Fiction” Special Issue of Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses: “Reading World War I Literature 100 Years After” Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. (2018, 31): 125-147.
- 2017 Review. Tierra de nadie: la literatura inglesa y la Gran Guerra. Gabriel Insausti. Atlantis 39.2 (Dec 2017): 217-221.
- 2016 “Searching for the Happy Battalion in Times of Crisis: Fraternal Friendships and the Heroic in the Great War Memoirs of Guy Chapman and Charles Carrington.” War, Literature & the Arts 28 (December 2016): 1-20.
- 2016 Review. Contemporary Trauma Narratives: Liminality and the Ethics of Form. Ed. Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega. Atlantis 38.2 (Dec 2016): 239-245.
- 2016 Introduction and co-edition (with David Owen) Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War. That Better Whiles May Follow Worse. The Netherlands: Brill: 1-13
- 2016 “Ford Madox Ford’s Impressionistic Memories: The Crisis of the Witness in Parade’s End.” Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War. That Better Whiles May Follow Worse. The Netherlands: Brill: 106-122.
- 2014 “Resisting the Hero’s Tale: The Trope of the Cowardly Soldier in the Literature of the Great War” Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES) 13(4):111-131.
- 2014 “Of Heroes, Ghosts and Witnesses: The Construction of Masculine Identity in the War Poets’ Narratives.” Journal of War and Culture Studies. 7.2. (May 2014): 162-178.