MA [Jt Hons] (Aberdeen); PhD (Glasgow) PGCHE (Warwick)
Main research interests lie in the relationship between Literature and the Social Sciences, from 19th Century to the present; Globalisation and World Literature; Resource Culture and Petrofiction; Modern and Contemporary Scottish and British Devolutionary Culture; World Naturalist fiction and theory; Literary and Cultural Theory; Science Fiction and Ecocriticism. I am editor of Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature (EUP 2011) and Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999). Currently preparing a monograph, Shifting Territory: Scottish and World Literature Since 1968 and, in the longer term a study of Oil and World Fiction. I am a member of the Wrecc (Warwick Reading and Research Collective), working on a collective project on Peripheral Modernism and World Literature.
Co-ed., Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999),
Selected recent articles, essays, chapters:
"The Resources of Culture", Reviews in Cultural Theory 4:2, August 2013, 1-24.
"Oil and World Literature", American Book Review, March/April 2012, Vol. 33, No. 3
"The Kilted Dragon: Contemporary Scottish Fiction and the New Imperialism", in Within and Without Empire (Cambridge Scholars 2013) 150-167
"Scottish Extractions: 'Race' and Racism in Devolutionary Fiction", Orbis Litterarum, Vol. 65: 2, (2010), 79-107
"Green Links: Ecosocialism and Contemporary Scottish Writing", in Ecology and the Literature of the British Left (2012)
"Postcolonialism and Scottish Studies", New Formations: After Iraq, 59 Autumn (2006)
Teaching and supervision
Convenor: The European Novel
Convenor: Devolutionary British Fiction
Convenor: The Global Novel