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I came to Manchester in 2000, having previously held lectureships at the University of Kent (where I was a postgraduate) and Birkbeck, University of London.

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Research

I am the General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Fiction of E.M. Forster in eight volumes.

My critical writing has three broad themes which often appear in combination: modernism, colonialism and the post-colonial; the arts and English radicalism; and masculinity and male sexual identity. 

E.M. Forster

In addition to my work on the CUP edition for Forster’s fiction, for which I will edit Maurice, I have written a number of chapters and articles that address his work. These include the chapter on Maurice in The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (Cambridge UP, 2007), a chapter on Maurice and David Galgut’s Forster biofiction Arctic Summer in a volume of essays on Maurice edited by Emma Sutton and Tsung-Han Tsai (Liverpool UP, 2020), and an article on Forster in the Cambridge Quarterly (forthcoming in 2021).

Forster has also featured in the following recent book chapters: with D.H. Lawrence in Gregory Castle’s A History of the Modernist Novel (CUP, 2016), with Lawrence and William Faulkner on non-metropolitan modernisms in Vincent Sherry’s The Cambridge History of Modernism (CUP, 2017). 

D.H. Lawrence

I am currently working on a book on Lawrence and politics.

I’ve written some twenty articles and chapters on Lawrence. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies and the reading committee for Etudes Lawrenciennes. New D.H. Lawrence (MUP, 2009), which I edited, brings current approaches in English Studies to Lawrence, including work on publishing, reception, philosophy, ethics, myth, eco-criticism, gender studies, psychoanalysis, war and the postcolonial. 

A chapter on Lawrence and his relationship to Swinburne and late Victorian writing was published in Decadence in the Age of Modernism, edited by Kate Hext and Alex Murray (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019), and one on Lawrence, politics and art in D.H. Lawrence and the Arts, ed. Catherine Brown and Susan Reid (Edinburgh UP, 2020). 

Rudyard Kipling

I’ve a strong interest in the work of Rudyard Kipling, editing The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (CUP, 2011). In addition to an article in that bok on Kipling’s later stories, I have also published on Kipling and homosexuality in Jan Montefiore, ed., In Time’s Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (MUP). I am on the reviewing board for The Kipling Journal, and was a plenary speaker at the ‘Kipling in Europe’ conference in Bologna in September 2016.

Modernism and colonialism

In the area of writing and colonialism in the twentieth century, Modernism and Empire, edited with Nigel Rigby, appeared from MUP in 2000. An article on Claude McKay in Britain is in Len Platt’s collection Modernism and Race (CUP, 2011).

I co-organised a conference on Sylvia Townsend Warner and modernism at Manchester in April 2018. My paper on The Flint Anchor has subsequently appeared in an issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society that also includes a number of other papers from the conference. In 2014 I published an article on Warner’s Mr Fortune’s Maggot, colonialism and time in Literature Compass.

I have also written on Robert Byron’s travel book The Road to Oxiana.

John Addington Symonds

I have authored articles and chapters on Victorian cultural critic and writer on homosexuality, John Addington Symonds. I was a plenary speaker at the ‘(Re)reading Symonds’ conference at Keele University in September 2010 (my paper was subsequently included in a Special Issue of English Studies on Symonds in 2013).

Research interests

Research

I am the General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Fiction of E.M. Forster in eight volumes.

My critical writing has three broad themes which often appear in combination: modernism, colonialism and the post-colonial; the arts and English radicalism; and masculinity and male sexual identity. 

E.M. Forster

I am on the steering committee of the international Forster conference to be held in Cambridge in April 2020 - https://emforster2020.home.blog

In addition to my work on the CUP edition for Forster’s fiction, for which I will edit Maurice, I wrote the chapter on Maurice in The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (Cambridge University Press, 2007)A chapter on Maurice and David Galgut’s Forster biofiction Arctic Summer is forthcoming in a Liverpool University Press volume of essays on Maurice, edited by Emma Sutton and Tsung-Han Tsai.

Forster has also featured in the following recent book chapters: with D.H. Lawrence in Gregory Castle’s A History of the Modernist Novel (CUP, 2016), and with Lawrence and William Faulkner on non-metropolitan modernisms in Vincent Sherry’s The Cambridge History of Modernism (CUP, 2017). 

D.H. Lawrence

I am currently working on a book on Lawrence, violence and male homosexuality.

I’ve written some twenty articles and chapters on Lawrence. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies and the reading committee for Etudes Lawrenciennes. New D.H. Lawrence (MUP, 2009), which I edited, brings current approaches in English Studies to Lawrence, including work on publishing, reception, philosophy, ethics, myth, eco-criticism, gender studies, psychoanalysis, war and the postcolonial. 

A chapter on Lawrence, and his relationship to Swinburne and late Victorian writing, can be found in Decadence in the Age of Modernism, edited by Kate Hext and Alex Murray, published by Johns Hopkins UP in 2019. Forthcoming is a chapter on Lawrence and politics in D.H. Lawrence and the Arts, ed. Catherine Brown and Susan Reid (Edinburgh UP). 

Rudyard Kipling

I’ve a strong interest in the work of Rudyard Kipling, editing The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (CUP, 2011). In addition to an article in that bok on Kipling’s later stories, I have also published on Kipling and homosexuality in Jan Montefiore, ed., In Time’s Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (MUP). I am on the reviewing board for The Kipling Journal, and was a plenary speaker at the ‘Kipling in Europe’ conference in Bologna in September 2016.

Modernism and colonialism

In the area of writing and colonialism in the twentieth century, Modernism and Empire, edited with Nigel Rigby, appeared from MUP in 2000. An article on Claude McKay in Britain is in Len Platt’s collection Modernism and Race (CUP, 2011).

I co-organised a conference on Sylvia Townsend Warner and modernism at Manchester in April 2018. My paper on The Flint Anchor has subsequently appeared in an issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society that also includes a number of other papers from the conference. In 2014 I published an article on Warner’s Mr Fortune’s Maggot, colonialism and time in Literature Compass.

I have also written on Robert Byron’s travel book The Road to Oxiana.

John Addington Symonds

I have authored articles and chapters on Victorian cultural critic and writer on homosexuality, John Addington Symonds. I was a plenary speaker at the ‘(Re)reading Symonds’ conference at Keele University in September 2010 (my paper was subsequently included in a Special Issue of English Studies on Symonds in 2013).

Opportunities

I welcome enquiries about PhD possible PhD supervision. For further information on my areas of study see the information under the 'research interests' tab and the following list of current and past supervisees:

Completed: Aimillia Rohd Mamli, North Africa in Victorian writing; Andrew Frayn, fiction about the First World War; Burcu Alkan (with Terry Eagleton), Turkish Literature of the 1970s; Letizia Alterno, Raja Rao (with Anastasia Valassopoulos); Creina Mansfield (Creative Writing PhD, with Ian McGuire), Graham Greene and The Quiet American; Ian Pople (creative Writing PhD, with John McAuliffe), Roy Fisher and mysticism; Jade Munslow Ong, Olive Schreiner and the Modern; Matt Whittle, responses to mass immigration in post-war British writing; Gemma Moss, modernism and music in James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Sylvia Townsend Warner; Susan Kinnear, New Zealand literature and modernity; Lucy Burns, Black Mountain College, poetry and the teaching of Creative Writing (with John McAuliffe); Laura Ryan, Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance (with Douglas Field); and Jo Jones, Lawrence, France and bisexuality (with Jerome Brillaud). In progress: Fay Winfield, on postcolonial approaches to TV adaptation (with Anastasia Valassopoulos); Emma Shaw, on modernism and walking (with Daniela Caselli); Billy Kahora, creative writing (with Ian McGuire and Kamila Shamsie); Ziling Bai on Chinese translations of Virginia Woolf (with Anna Strowe in Translation Studies); and Seerat Fatima (with Anastasia Valassopoulos), affect and the Partition of India in 1947 .

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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