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Professor Michael Gardiner


Tel: ext. 73090

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


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

Research interests

C19-C20 British cultural history
C19-C20 Japanese cultural history
Cultural history of nuclear weapons
Cultural and political theory

Teaching and supervision

Current modules as on right. Recent and current PhD supervision includes work on Capitalist Realism, the mid-C20 British grammar school, neo-Victorian manga, 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 special number 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 2020-21:

Tues 1600-1700
Weds 1000-1100

Week Four on Teams: email me and I'll call back when I'm free


Modules taught (2022-23 unconfirmed):

EN2K7/ EN3K7 Twentieth Century Avant-Gardes
PH107 Problems in Philosophy and Literature
EN3E0 Dissertation

EN2C7/ EN3C7 Devolutionary British Fiction
EN2G5/ EN3G5 Disasters and the British Contemporary
EN9C1 Critical Theory Today