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World Literary Systems

Nicholas Lawrence, BA (Harvard), MA, PhD (New York at Buffalo) - Associate Professor

American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, especially within an international context; Hawthorne and Whitman; Marxism, the Frankfurt School and critical media theory; post-9/11 literary and graphic culture; contemporary innovative poetry and poetics. Recent work includes articles on Whitman, Hawthorne, Frank O'Hara, Ronald Johnson, and American gothic; current research focuses on the politics of metropolitan and international encounter in modern American poetry, public vs. private writing in nineteenth century America, and international relations in modernist poetics. He has edited a special feature on the work of Bruce Andrews for Jacketmagazine and has co-edited a bilingual anthology of innovative North American poetry for the Casa de Letras in Havana. He is co-editor, with Marta Werner, of Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (American Philosophical Society).

Neil Lazarus, BA (Witwatersrand), MA (Essex), PhD (Keele) – Professor

‘Postcolonial’ literatures and cultures (African, especially, but also Caribbean, South and South-East Asian and disaporic/Black Atlanticist); ‘postcolonial’ theory; theories of imperialism, nationalism, and anticolonial resistance; globalization; comparative modernities. More broadly, 19th and 20th century literature; the novel in English; literature of Empire; modernist literature and theories of modernism; literary theory. Publications include Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction (Yale, 1990), Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (CUP, 1999), Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies (CUP 2000), The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies (CUP, 2004), The Postcolonial Unconscious, (CUP, 2010).

Graeme Macdonald, MA [Jt Hons] (Aberdeen); PhD (Glasgow) - Associate Professor

Main research interests lie in the relationship between literature, sociology and anthropology from the nineteenth century to the present; naturalist fiction and theory; Scottish literature (especially contemporary); literary and cultural theory; literature, nationalism and citizenship. He is editor of Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999), has published recent articles on naturalist fiction, on the relationship between French and Scottish literature, and on James Kelman. He is currently preparing a monograph on James Kelman and, in the longer term, a major anthology on writing and social investigation, 1830-2000.

Pablo Mukherjee, BA, MA (Jadavpur University, Calcutta), M.Phil (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge) – Associate Professor (Reader)

Researches Victorian and contemporary colonial/post-colonial literatures, eco-criticism, cultural materialism and genre fictions. He is the author of two books - Crime and Empire (OUP 2003) and Postcolonial Environments (Palgrave, 2010), and a wide range of scholarly articles. He has recently edited a special issue of the Yearbook of English Studies on 'Victorian World Literatures' (41:2, 2011), and has chapters in the forthcoming New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorians (CUP, 2012) and the Oxford Handbook of Eco-Criticism. Pablo Mukherjee is writing his next monograph, 'Natural Disasters and Palliative Empire: Fevers, Famines and Victorian Writing (forthcoming, Palgrave: 2013) and is finishing a joint-authored book on 'Peripheral Modernism' with the members of the Warwick Research Collective.

Benita Parry, BSoc Sc (Cape Town), BA, MA (Birmingham), DLitt (York) - Professor Emerita

The literature of colonialism and imperialism, colonial discourse analysis, and postcolonial theory. Her books areDelusions and Discoveries: Studies on India in the British Imagination (1972), republished with a new preface by Verso 1998; Conrad and Imperialism: Ideological Boundaries and Visionary Frontiers (1984); and Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique (Routledge 2004). On the colonial discourse/postcolonial discussion, she is the author of journal articles and essays for The Edward Said Reader (1992) in the Blackwell series of Critical Readers, and the volume Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory, in a series of Essex symposia on literature, politics and theory (Manchester University Press, 1994). She has also written on South African cultural debates and on the fiction of J. M. Coetzee, co-edited Cultural Representations of Imperialism: Edward Said and the Gravity of History (1998), and co-edited a volume of Essays and Studies No. 1997: Postcolonial Criticism and Theory for the English Association (1999). Current work includes essays on Conrad, Forster and Wells, and a further critical consideration of current directions in the postcolonial discussion.

Stephen Shapiro, BA (Williams), MA, PhD (Yale) - Professor

Writing and the culture of the United States, particularly pre-twentieth century; marxism and cultural materialism; British cultural studies; formations of gender and sexuality; literary theory; world-systems analyses. More broadly, late Enlightenment, nineteenth and twentieth century narrative. His publications include: The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading the Atlantic World-System (Penn State, 2008); How to Read Marx's Capital(Pluto, 2008) and, How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish (with Anne Schwan, Pluto, 2011); the collection,Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic (with Philip Barnard and Mark L. Kamrath, Tennessee, 2004) and critical editions (Hackett) of Charles Brockden Brown: Edgar Huntly: or Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (2006); Arthur Mervyn, or Memoirs of the Year 1793 (2008); Wieland; or, The Transformation(2009) and Ormond; or the Secret Witness (2009). Forthcoming (with Philip Barnard) edition of Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women (Hackett, 2013); (with Philip Barnard) Oxford Handbook on Charles Brockden Brown (Oxford UP, 2014). He is also working with Philip Barnard on a new translation of The Productive Body by Guerry and Deleule. His next monograph has a working title of From Gothic to God: Paranormal Capitalism in Evangelical Antebellum America.


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