Publications by Lancaster University English Literature Staff, 2000-present
The Department's literary research positions literature in specific historical, spatial, and cultural contexts. We have strengths in the Renaissance, Romanticism and the Gothic, Victorian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and Contemporary Writing. Areas of distinctive research which cross period boundaries include locating literature in relation to place, literature and spiritual identities, and literature and gender.
The Early Modern group has gained world-wide recognition for its Shakespeare Programme and the more recent Quaker Project, and through the Ruskin Centre and the Wordsworth Centre Lancaster continues to strengthen its reputation in the long nineteenth century. The Modern and Contemporary Writing group is distinguished by its innovative engagement with theory – with notable contributions to feminist theory, complemented by work on post-war masculinity. There is an equally strong focus on Modernism and the 1930s and on modern and contemporary prose narrative. Strong research interests in film, performance, and popular genres bring together staff with expertise in literature across a range of periods and cultural backgrounds. For more on the department's current Critical-Creative research, click here.
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'The Geometry of the Space Age: J.G. Ballard's short fiction and science fiction of the 1960s', J. G. Ballard: Contemporary Critical Perspectives , ed. Jeanette Baxter (London and New York: Continuum, forthcoming 2008)
' Evolution, Literary History and Science Fiction', forthcoming in Essays and Studies 2008, ed. by Sharon Ruston.
'A Man of Wealth and Taste: The Strange Career of Hannibal Lecter,' in The Lure of the Dark Side--Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture , ed. Chris Partridge and Eric S. Christianson (London: Equinox, forthcoming 2007).
Iain Sinclair (Contemporary British Novelists series) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)
'Sinclair's poetry: from Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge to Saddling the Rabbit ', for City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair , ed. Jenny Bavidge and Robert Bond (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming 2007).
'Gothic Masculinities', in The Routledge Companion To Gothic , ed. by Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2007).
'Ray Bradbury', The Literary Encyclopaedia < www.litencyc.com >, December 2006
Masculinity in fiction and film: Representing Men in popular genres 1945-2000 (London and New York: Continuum, 2006)
'Constructing the Normative: Male Subjects and Others in the Dystopias of Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth', Extrapolation 46:4, Winter 2005, 439-452.
Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction , with John H. Cartwright (Santa Barbara CA and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005).
'Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 ', Blackwell's Companion to Science Fiction , ed. David Seed (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 489-499.
'Witness to the Ends of the World: colonialism, the scientific romance and Michael Moorcock's Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy', A Celebration of British Science Fiction/ Foundation 93 (34:1), ed. Andy Sawyer, Andrew M. Butler and Farah Mendelsohn (Spring 2005), pp. 40-48.
'Key Concepts in Film Studies', in Cinéma Divinité: Religion, Theology and the Bible in Film , ed. Eric S. Christianson, Peter Francis and William R. Telford (London: SCM, 2005), pp. 44-60.
'The Nelson Mandala', Vector: The Critical Journal of the BSFA , 236, July-August 2004, 16-19.
'Maps of the London Underground: Iain Sinclair and Michael Moorcock's Psychogeography of the City', Literary London , vol 1, number 1, March 2003. <http://www.literarylondon/ london-journal/march2003/baker.html>
'The Resurrection of Desire: J.G. Ballard's Crash as a Transgressive Text', in Foundation 80 (November 2000), pp.84-96.
'The Map of Apocalypse: Nuclear War And The Space Of Dystopia', in Histories of the Future: Studies in Fact, Fantasy and Science Fiction , ed. by Alan Sandison and Robert Dingley (London: Palgrave, 2000), pp.124-136
'"Of war and taking towns': Byron's siege poems", in Romantic Wars: Studies in Culture and Conflict, 1793-1822, ed. Philip Shaw (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000).
British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
'"Was it for this [...]": The Poetic Histories of Southey and Wordsworth', Romanticism on the Net, Issues 32-33 (November 2003-Feb 2004).
'The Historical Context', in Romanticism - An Oxford Guide, ed. Nicholas Roe (Oxford University Press, 2004).
'Napoleon and European Romanticism', in Companion to European Romanticism, ed. Michael Ferber (Blackwell: 2005).
'Theological Readings of Literature: Wordsworth and Coleridge', in Oxford Companion to Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press, 2005/6).
Romanticism: A Sourcebook (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
The Messianic Now: Philosophy, Religion, Culture, ed. Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (Routledge 2011).
The New Atheist Novel: Philosophy, Fiction and Polemic after 9/11 (co-authored with Andrew Tate) (London: Continuum, 2010).
The Politics to Come: Power, Secularity and the Messianic (eds) Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (London: Continuum, 2010).
‘The Theocracy to Come: Islamism, Fundamentalism, Secularism’, in The Politics to Come: Power, Secularity and the Messianic (eds) Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (London: Continuum, forthcoming, 2009).
‘The Messianic Now’, special double issue of The Journal of Cultural Research (eds) Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (London: Taylor & Francis, forthcoming 2009).
‘On a Messianic Tone Recently Introduced in Philosophy’, in ‘The Messianic Now’, special double issue of The Journal of Cultural Research (eds) Arthur Bradley and Paul Fletcher (forthcoming, 2009).
‘The New Atheist Novel: Literature, Religion and Terror in Amis and McEwan’, The Yearbook of English Studies 2009, special issue on Literature and Religion (ed.) Andrew Tate (forthcoming, 2009).
‘Shelley Criticism from Deconstruction to the New Formalism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Shelley Studies (eds) Tony Howe and Michael O’Neill (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2009).
‘The Impossibility of Reading: Bloom, de Man, Derrida’ in Reading, Writing and Harold Bloom (eds.) Alan Rawes and Jonathon Shears (Manchester: MUP, forthcoming, 2009).
‘Bernard Stiegler: In the Image’, in A Visual Theory Reader (eds) Nigel Saint and Andy Stafford (Manchester: MUP, forthcoming, 2009).
‘Deconstructing Christianity: From the Hand of God to the Hand of Man’ in Sacred Worlds: Literature, Religion and the Imagination (eds) Mark Knight and Louise Lee (London: Continuum, forthcoming, 2009).
‘Bernard Stiegler’, in The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary Theory (ed.) Robert Eaglestone (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming, 2009)
Derrida’s Of Grammatology: A Philosophical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press and Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008), pp. 166.
'Mystic Atheism: Julia Kristeva’s Negative Theology’, Theology and Sexuality, 14: 3 (2008), pp. 279-92.
‘No Future? Bernard Stiegler’s Politics of Memory’, in Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts (ed.) Lucy Kay et al (New York and Bern: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 185-208.
Technicity (eds) Arthur Bradley and Louis Armand (Prague: Charles University Press, 2007), pp ix + 330.
‘Originary Technicity? Technology and Anthropology’, in Louis Armand and Arthur Bradley (eds) Technicity (Prague: Charles University Press, 2007), pp. 78-100.
‘Derrida’s god: A Genealogy of the Theological Turn’, Paragraph, 29: 3, (2006), pp. 21-42.
‘“Until death tramples it to fragments”: Shelley and Postmodern Theology’, in Religion and Romanticism from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens, (eds) Gavin Hopps and Jane Stabler (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2006), pp. 191-206.
‘Religion’, in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol 13 (ed.) Martin McQuillan (Oxford: OUP, 2005), pp. 159-74.
‘Deus ex Machina: Religion and Technology in Aristotle, Heidegger and Derrida’ Comparative Critical Studies, 2: 1 (2005), pp. 271-84.
‘The Letter Giveth: Derrida and Stiegler on Faith and Technics’, in Mind Factory (ed.) Louis Armand (Prague: Charles University Press, 2005), pp. 106-19.
‘Religion’, in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol 12 (ed.) Martin McQuillan (Oxford: OUP, 2004), pp. 143-65
Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (London and New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. xiii + 244.
‘Romanticising Biography’, in Romantic Biography (eds) Arthur Bradley and Alan Rawes (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. x-xvi.
‘“Winging itself with Laughter”: Byron and Shelley after Deconstruction’, in Romantic Biography (eds) Arthur Bradley and Alan Rawes (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. 152-67.
‘Religion’, in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol 11 (ed.) Martin McQuillan (Oxford: OUP, 2003), pp. 139-62.
‘Save the Name: Christian Mysticism and Modern French Thought’, in Mysticisms East and West: Studies in Mysticism, (eds) Theodore Gabriel and Chris Partridge (Carlyle: Paternoster, 2003), pp. 255-77.
‘Shelley, Ireland and Romantic Orientalism’, in English Romanticism and the Celtic World (eds) Gerard Carruthers and Alan Rawes (Cambridge: CUP, 2003), pp.117-29.
‘Thinking the Outside: Foucault, Derrida and the Thought of Negative Theology’, Textual Practice, 16: 1 (2002), pp. 57-74.
‘Without Negative Theology: Deconstruction and the Politics of Negative Theology’, The Heythrop Journal, 42: 2 (2001) pp. 133-47.
‘Reactionary and Romantic: Joseph de Maistre and Percy Bysshe Shelley’, in Reinventing Christianity: Nineteenth Century Contexts (ed.) Linda Woodhead (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001), pp. 139-48.
‘God sans Being: Derrida, Marion and “a paradoxical writing of the word without”’, Literature and Theology, 14: 3 (2000) pp. 299-312.
‘“The Earth an Altar, and the Heavens a Fane”: Joseph de Maistre’s Influence upon Shelley’s Laon and Cythna’, The Aligarh Critical Miscellany, 10: 1 (1997), pp. 152-67.
Re-Reading The Excursion. Hampshire: Ashgate, 2002.
'Wordsworth’s Excursion: Narrative Memory and the "Minds of Men",' Blackwell’s Literature Compass 1 (2004): 1-13. http://www.literature-compass.com
'Reading below the Surface: Wordsworth and A Compositional Method,' The Wordsworth Circle (Winter 2003): 9-13.
'Retold Tales and Structured Silences in The Excursion,' Romanticism and Silence, eds. F. L. Price and S. J. Masson (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002).
Wordsworth’s “Spots of Time”. Dir. David Blacow. Scripted and presented by Sally Bushell. Videocassette and D.V.D. L.U.T.V., 2002.
'Intention Revisited: Towards an Anglo-American "genetic criticism",' TEXT, vol. 17 (2005).
'Wordsworthian Composition: The Micro-Prelude,' Studies in Romanticism (Summer/Fall 2005).
'Meaning in Dickinson’s Manuscripts: Intending the Unintentional,' Emily Dickinson Journal
'Teaching Living Poets: An Active Environment for Poetry,' Living Writers in the Curriculum, English Subject Centre Publication (2005).
The Excursion, co-edited with James Butler and Michael Jaye (Cornell University Press, 2007)
Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Dickinson (University Press of Virginia, 2009)
From Goslar to Grasmere: collaborative pilot project with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, putting Wordsworth's manuscripts online for the first time
Reading Guides to Long Poems Series, Edinburgh University Press, General Editor (with Isobel Armstrong)
Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods, eds. Tess Cosslett, Celia Lury, and Penny Summerfield (London and New York: Routledge, 2000).
'Matrilineal Narratives Revisited', in Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods edited Tess Cosslett, Celia Lury, and Penny Summerfield (London and New York: Routledge, 2000) pp. 141-151.
'Child's Place in Nature: Talking Animals in Victorian Children's Fiction', Nineteenth Century Contexts, Vol 23 (2002), pp. 475-495.
'"History from Below": Time-Slip Narratives and National Identity', The Lion and the Unicorn, Vol. 26, No. 2 (April 2002), pp. 243-253
'Transformations of Pastoral and Gothic in Children's Fiction', Signal: Approaches to Children's Books, No. 98 (May 2002), pp.91-101.
'"Animals Under Man"? Margaret Gatty's Parables from Nature', Women's Writing Vol. 10 No. 1 (2003), pp. 137-152.
Talking Animals in British Children's Fiction,1786-1914 (Ashgate, 2006).
'The Summer Cottage in Finland-Swedish Literature: Tove Jansson, Solveig von Schoultz and Monika Fagerholm', in Kate McLoughlin and Malin Lidstrom Brock (eds), Tove Jansson Rediscovered, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp. 209-221.
The Idea of Culture. Verso, 2000
Crossing Boundaries: Thinking through Literature (contributor). Sheffield Academic Press, 2001
The Gatekeeper: A Memoir. Penguin, 2001
After Theory. Allen Lane, 2003
Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others. Verso, 2003
Sweet Violence: A Study of the Tragic. Blackwell, 2003
Holy Terror. Oxford University Press, 2005
How To Read A Poem. Blackwell, 2006
The Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press, 2007
Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics. Blackwell, 2008
Angela Carter, edited Alison Easton (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).
'The Debateable Land: Ellis Island Museum, Margaret Elphinstone's A Sparrow's Flight and Border Readings', in Devolving Identities: Feminist Readings in Home and Belonging, edited Lynne Pearce (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), pp.56-72.
'Subjects-in-Time: Slavery and African-American Women's Autobiographies', in Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods edited Tess Cosslett, Celia Lury, and Penny Summerfield (London: Routledge, 2000), pp.171-184.
'Nation Making and Fiction Making: Sarah Orne Jewett, The Tory Lover, and Walter Scott, Waverley' in Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms, 1845-1936 edited Janet Beer and Bridget Bennett (Manchester University Press 2002) 139-159.
'Hawthorne and the Question of Women' in The Cambridge Companion to Hawthorne, edited by Richard Millington (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp.79-98.
'Exposing the Victorians,' Mid-Atlantick Almanac, special issue, 'Aspects of Victorian Culture in Contemporary Popular Culture,' eds. Richard Currie and Anthony Giffone, November 2002.
'The Victorian Novel in Film and on Television,' co-authored with Joss Marsh for The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel, eds. Patrick Brantlinger and William B. Thesing, Blackwell, 2002.
Featured guest with Susan Orlean in 'The Current,' Part 3, CBC Radio, August 4, 2003. Host Diana Swain. Producer Aaron Brindle. Archived at
Participant in a videotaped roundtable transcribed and edited by Gerhard Joseph: 'Dickens, psychoanalysis, and film: a roundtable,' Dickens on Screen, ed. John Glavin, Cambridge UP, October 2003.
'Cinematic Dickens and Uncinematic Words,' Dickens on Screen, ed. John Glavin, Cambridge UP, October 2003.
Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate, Cambridge UP, 2003.
'Literary Film Adaptation and the Form/Content Dilemma,' Narrative Across Media, ed. Marie-Laure Ryan, Nebraska UP, Winter 2004.
'Through the Looking Glass: Pedagogical Uses of Literary Film Adaptations,' Visual Media and the Humanities: A Pedagogy of Representation, ed. Kecia McBride, U of Tennessee P, November 2004.
'Novels, Films, and the Word/Image Wars,' A Companion to Film and Literature, ed. Robert Stam, Blackwell, 2004.
"Gothic-Film-Parody," The Routledge Companion to Gothic, eds. Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy, Routledge University Press, 2007. pp. 361-78.
"The Romance of Politics and the Politics of Romance in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton," The Gaskell Society Journal 21 (2007): 21-37.
"The Deconstruction of Fundamental Christianity," Textual Practice 20.4 (2006): 713-38.
Scenes from A Pastorall by Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley, directed Alison Findlay (video, Lancaster University Television, September, 2000).
Women and Dramatic Production 1550-1700, with Stephanie Hodgson-Wright and Gweno Williams (Longman's Medieval and Renaissance Library; Harlow: Pearson Education, 2000).
'Women and Drama', in A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture edited Michael Hattaway (Oxford: Blackwell, December 2000), pp. 499-512.
'Theatres of Truth: Drinking and Drama in Early Modern England' in A Babel of Bottles: Drink, Drinkers and Drinking Places in Literature, edited J ames Nicholls and Susan J. Owen (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), pp. 21-40.
'(En)gendering Performance: Staging Plays by Early Modern Women', with Stephanie Hodgson-Wright, and Gweno Williams, in Attending to Early Modern Women: Crossing Boundaries edited Jane Donaworth and Adele Seeff (Newark : University of Delaware Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2000), pp. 289-308.
'Gendering the Stage' in The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama edited Arthur Kinney (Blackwell Publishers, 2002) 399-415.
'Sexual and Spiritual Politics in the events of 1633-4 and Heywood and Brome's The Late Lancashire Witches' in The Late Lancashire edited Robert Poole (Manchester University Press, 2002), pp. 126-145.
'Much Ado About Nothing' in A Companion to Shakespeare: The Comedies edited Richard Dutton and Jean E. Howard (Oxford, Blackwell, 2003).
‘Daughters of Ben’, in Jonsonians: a living tradition, ed. Brian Woolland (Ashgate Press, December 2003), pp.107-120.
'"Adam's Sons are My Bretheren": Reading Beatrice's Feminism, Past and Present,' in The Shakespeare Yearbook 2003: New Studies in the Shakespearian Heroine, ed. Helen Wilcox.
'"I hate such an old fashioned house": Margaret Cavendish and the search for home', Early Modern Literary Studies, Special issue on Margaret Cavendish (2004).
'"Good sometimes queen": Richard II, Mary Stuart and the Poetics of Queenship,' in Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories, ed. Dermot Cavanagh, Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Steve Longstaffe (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2004)
‘Theatres for Early Modern Women: From Household to Playhouse’, in Women and Drama in England and Spain 1500-1700, ed. Rina Walthaus, Marguerite Corporaal and Helen Wilcox (Kassel: Reichenberger, forthcoming 2004).
Playing Spaces in Early Women’s Drama (contracted to Cambridge University Press for publication in 2005). Monograph, approx 90,000 words. AHRB funding to cover leave in Lent-Summer term 2004, ms to be submitted January 2005.
‘Sisterly Feelings in the drama of Cavendish and Brackley,’ in Thicker Than Water: Sisters and Brothers in the Early Modern World, ed. Naomi J. Miller and Naomi Yavneh (to be published by Ashgate, 2005)
Women in Shakespeare, monograph as part of the Shakespeare Dictionary Series (General Editor Sandra Clark) contracted to Continuum Press for publication in 2006. MS to be submitted March 2006.
'Lord Jim and Embarrassment', in 'Lord Jim': Centennial Essays, edited Allan H. Simmons and J. H. Stape (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000), pp. 1-14.
Conrad, Language and Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
'Stories of Work in Heart of Darkness', in Wieslaw Krajka, ed., Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad's Ideology and Art (Lublin: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, 2005), pp. 81-94.
'Suspended Animation: Futures of Technophobia', in Technicity, eds Arthur Bradley and Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragnesia, 2006), pp. 346-369.
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