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Professor Michael Gardiner


Tel: ext. 73090

FAB 5.55


Michael Gardiner has been at Warwick since 2007, and has held posts in Scotland, the US, and Japan.

Research interests

C19-C20 cultural history
Cultural Theory
Scottish Literature
Cultures of Scottish and English independence
Environmental thought, particularly related to nuclear weapons
Interaction of the Anglosphere and the Anthropocene

Teaching and supervision

Current modules as on right. Recent and current PhD supervision includes work on capitalist realism, Englishness in contemporary fiction, the mid-C20 British grammar school, neo-Victorian manga, and the secret in contemporary fiction.

Selected publications

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

in-process papers on Tanizaki Jun'ichirĊ and transparency, and on nuclear weapons and human extinction

Chapter on the 1945-65 era in The Cambridge History of Scottish Literature, forthcoming

'Liberalism's Opiate Subjectivity; Dependency, Edinburgh, and Enlightenment', New Formations 103, 2021

editor, Orwell and England, Macmillan, 2020

'The Anglosphere as a Principle of Progress', in eds. Wellings and Mycock, The Anglosphere: Continuity, Dissonance and Location, OUP, 2019

'Nuclear Deficit' in Humanities issue on C21 Scottish literature and environmental issues, 2019

The British Stake in Japanese Modernity: Readings in Liberal Tradition and Native Modernism (single-author book), Routledge, 2019

'Spark Versus Homo Economicus', Textual Practice 32-9, 2018

(co-author) 'Lithic Agency, Scottish Modernism, and the Politics of Nuclear War', Textual Practice, 2018

'Brexit and the Aesthetics of Anachronism', ed. Robert Eaglestone, Brexit and Literature, Routledge 2018

'Eco-catastrophe, arithmetic patriotism, and the Thatcherite promise of nature', New Formations 93, 2018

Other books:

Time and Action in the Scottish Independence Referendum, Palgrave, 2015

(co-author) The Public on the Public: The British Public as Trust, Reflexivity and Political Foreclosure, Palgrave 2014

The Constitution of English Literature, Bloomsbury 2013

The Return of England in English Literature, Palgrave 2012

At the Edge of Empire: The Life of Thomas B. Glover, Birlinn 2008; Japanese edition Iwanami 2012

Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960, EUP 2006

Escalator, Polygon 2006

Modern Scottish Culture, EUP 2005

The Cultural Roots of British Devolution, EUP 2004

co-editor and contributor, Literature of an Independent England, Palgrave 2013

co-editor and intro, Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature, EUP 2011

co-editor and contributor, The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark, EUP 2010

and other book chapters and journal articles on Scot Lit, political and cultural history, Anglo-Japanese issues, short stories

Office Hours 2022-23 Term One:

Mon 1600-1700
Weds 1000-1100


Modules taught 2022-23:

EN2K7/ EN3K7 Twentieth Century Avant-Gardes (also convenor)

EN2C7/ EN3C7 Devolutionary British Fiction (also convenor)

EN9C1 Critical Theory Today (MA; also convenor)

PH107 Problems in Philosophy and Literature (also co-convenor)

BA Dissertations/ Personal Research Projects

MA Dissertations

Resting 2022-23:

EN2G5/ EN3G5 Disasters and the British Contemporary