I am very happy to have a job which involves reading books and talking to other people about them. I’ve been teaching literature most of my life and have consequently developed an interest in learning and teaching which has led to research projects on student learning and roles leading the development of education in the College and in the University most recently as Dean of Students (2017-19).
My research in English has focused on the literature of twentieth-century war but my teaching has ranged more widely to include the European novel in translation since 1830 twentieth-century poetry the literature of urbanization and most recently how literature interrogates ideologies of work.
I'm currently working on a couple of projects:
the history of Secondary Education in England an interest which has grown out of my work with local schools to develop approaches to student transition into Higher Education.
contemporary and historical cultures of work investigating intersections between literary and sociological representations of waged and unwaged labour.
British Writing of the Second World War (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000)
Pat Barker (Palgrave, 2010)
Editor, Norton Critical Edition of Anthony Burgessâ€™s A Clockwork Orange (New York: Norton, 2011).
Co-editor, with Professor Adam Piette, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century British and American War Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012)
Editor, First World War Plays (Methuen, 2014)
Does Tolstoy's War and Peace make Modern War Literature Redundant?, War and Literature (Essays and Studies 2014), eds Laura Ashe and Ian Patterson (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2014)
Memory and Nation in British Narratives of the Second World War after 1945 in The Long Aftermath: Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-2016, ed Manuel Braganca and Peter Tame (Oxford: Berghahn, 2015)
The Motif of Sacrifice in the Literature and Culture of the Second World War in Alex Houen and Jan-Melissa Schramm, eds, Sacrifice and Modern War Literature: From the Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Dissent and the Literature of the First World War: Wyndham Lewis and Henry Williamson in Kate McLoughlin and Santanu Das, eds, First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity Proceedings of the British Academy 213 (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Narrating Transitions from War to Peace in Gill Plain, ed., Postwar: British Literature in Transition 1940-60 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
I currently teach first-year modules on narrative fiction and on poetry. I teach Modern Literature and modules on the European novel in translation to finalists and run a unit on Work and Literature on the MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
Literature and War Higher Education Pedagogy