Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate Teaching

At present I have two main series of undergraduate lectures:

  • ‘Introductions to Neglected Modernist Poets’ — 3-6 lectures, intended for first-year students.
  • ‘Theories of Modernism’ — 7 lectures, intended for first-year students.

For the English Faculty I also co-teach the final-year Literature and Science option.

At Merton College I primarily teach the first-year period papers Literature 1830-1910 and Literature 1910-present and supervise final-year dissertations on post-1900 topics. In the recent past I’ve also taught the old Introduction to Literary Studies paper and the old syllabus Special Author papers (for finalists) on Virginia Woolf and Joseph Conrad, and have contributed to the teaching of the History and Theory of the English Language paper (on metaphor).

Further in the past I have given series of lectures on Reading Modernist Poetry (as a way of writing my book of that name for Wiley-Blackwell), and, at the University of Wales, Bangor, lectures on Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature.  At Bangor, as well as teaching seminars on Victorian, Early Twentieth-Century, and Late Twentieth-Century Literature, I taught special option modules on Woolf and Literary Theory.

Postgraduate Teaching

On the Oxford M.St. Post-1900 course I currently offer a C option, ‘Late Modernist Poetry in America and Britain.’  I also contribute to the teaching of the A and B courses, and in the past have offered a C course on Virginia Woolf.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising, or have supervised, the following Oxford D.Phil. theses:

  • Cole, Jennifer. ‘American Poetry and the Emerging Social Sciences in the Early Twentieth Century’ (submitted; to be examined in Jan. 2018).
  • Dihal, Kanta. ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics: Quantum Physics in Literature and Popular Science, 1900-present’ (co-supervised with Sally Shuttleworth; examined Jan. 2018).
  • Foley, Hugh. ‘Landscape, Imperialism and Individualism in Post-War American Poetry: Opposition and the greater Romantic lyric’ (co-supervised with Lloyd Pratt; examined Apr. 2017).
  • Dawkins, Charlie. ‘Modernism in mainstream magazines, 1920-1937’ (examined Jan. 2016)
  • Ludtke, Laura. ‘Electric Lights and the “London-writer,” 1880-1945’ (examined 2015).
  • Stalla, Heidi. ‘Life is in the Manuscript: Virginia Woolf, Historiography, and the Mythical Method’ (primarily supervised by David Bradshaw; examined 2015).
  • Shackleton, David. ‘Modernism and the politics of time: time and history in the work of H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf’ (examined 2015).  A book version is in preparation for Oxford University Press.
  • Lutton, Alison. ‘Authorship and the Production of Literary Value, 1982-2012: Bret Easton Ellis, Paul Auster, JT Leroy, and Tucker Max’ (examined 2014)
  • Hodges, Liz. ‘An Exploration of Sight and its Relationship with Reality in World War One and World War Two Literature’ (examined 2014).
  • Taylor, Mark. ‘Evolution and the novels of D.H. Lawrence : a Bergsonian interpretation’ (examined 2013).
  • Day, Jonathan. ‘Novel Sensations: Modernist Fictions and the Problem of Qualia’ (examined 2013).
  • Eros, Paul James. ‘“One of the Most Penetrating Minds in England:” Gerald Heard and the British Intelligentsia of the Interwar Period’ (primarily supervised by David Bradshaw; examined 2012). Available in Oxford Research Archive.
  • Pratt-Smith, Stella. ‘Creative sparks : literary responses to electricity, 1830-1880’ (examined 2012).  Later published as a book: Transformations of Electricity in Nineteenth-century Literature and Science (Ashgate, 2016).
  • Crossland, Rachel. ‘Sharing the moment’s discourse : Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and Albert Einstein in the early twentieth century’ (examined 2011).  A book version is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
  • Hay, Andrew. ‘Correlation and Figuration: A study of Modernism’s conceptual couplings’ (examined 2010).

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