I attended the Universities of Dundee, Purdue, and Kent at Canterbury. For over thirty years I have taught courses in literature and other arts, as well as Access courses for the Open University in the North West of England, mainly in Manchester and Liverpool. I have held appointments at the Universities of Manchester (American Studies) and Liverpool (Latin American Studies), teaching American, British and other European literatures, as well as U.S. film studies, photography and visual culture.
My research interests are mainly in modern and contemporary American literature. My last book was F. Scott Fitzgerald (Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2012) and I am co-editor and co-founder of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, published annually by the Pennsylvania State University Press. My second book, Norman Mailer (Macmillan, London and New York, 1995), links also to my current post on the Board of Editors of the Mailer Review, published annually by the University of South Florida. Other books include Saul Bellow and the Decline of Humanism (Macmillan, London, 1990) and a co-edited collection of essays by British and American scholars, American Mythologies: Essays on American Literature (Liverpool University Press, and Oxford University Press, New York, 2005). Recent essays include 'F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Great Depression', in F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context, ed. Bryant Mangum (Cambridge University Press, London and New York, 2013) and ‘Fly Boys and Angels: Mailer on the Moon’ in the Mailer Review (Fall, 2015). I am a published poet, and was a founding member and first co-convenor of the OU Arts Teaching and Scholarship Network.
Scholarships, Research Grants, Fellowships: Carnegie Scholarship, University of Dundee (1974); Fulbright Scholarship, Purdue University, Indiana (1974-1976); Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Purdue University (1976); Major Scottish Studentship, University of Kent at Canterbury (1976-1979); Wolfson Scholarship (1978); University of Liverpool Research Award (1990); Research Affiliate, Department of Literature, Open University (2005-2012); Honorary Research Associateship, Department of English, Open University (2012-); Fellow, FRSA, Royal Society for the Arts (2008-). I have delivered conference papers at universities in Europe and the United States, many funded by the Open University and was Co-organiser of EVAC (Effects of Vietnam on American Culture), the first international conference on the cultural effects of the Vietnam War, at the Metropolitan University of Manchester (June 1986).
Saul Bellow and the Decline of Humanism (London: Macmillan, 1990). 220pp.
Reviewed by David Seed in Notes and Queries, (September 1991).
Norman Mailer (London: Macmillan and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1995). 163pp. Reviewed by John Whalen-Bridge in American Literature 70: (1), 1998, 213-14.
American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature. Co-editor. (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press and Chicago: Chicago University Press dist. 2005). 305pp.
F. Scott Fitzgerald. (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Reviewed by Professor J. Fruscione in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (2012).
Reviewed by Ben Robbins in the European Journal of American Studies (2012).
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“Some Versions of Real: The Novellas of Saul Bellow”, in A. Robert Lee, ed. The Modern American Novella (London: Vision Press and New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989), pp. 162-177.
Reprinted as “Some Versions of the Real: The Novellas of Saul Bellow”, in Gloria Cronin and Gerhard Bach, eds. Small Planets: Saul Bellow as Short Fiction Writer (East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State UP, 2000), pp. 189-204.
“The Hot Breath of the Future: The Naked and the Dead”, in Harold Bloom, ed. Norman Mailer (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003), pp. 197-21.
“Introduction” to American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature, co-edited (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2005), pp. 1-13.
“The Secret Sharing: Myth and Memory in the Fiction of Jayne Anne Phillips”, in American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2005), pp. 63-78.
“American Riviera: Style and Expatriation in Tender Is the Night” in William Blazek and Laura Rattray, eds. Twenty-First Century Readings of Tender Is the Night (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press; Chicago: Chicago UP 2007), pp. 143-159. Read this online
Reprinted in Don Noble, ed. Critical Insights: F. Scott Fitzgerald (Alabama: Salem Press 2010).
“Norman Mailer”, in David Seed, ed. A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 2010) pp. 377-385.
“Norman Mailer: Biography and Imaginary Memoir”, in Alfred Hornung, ed. Auto/Biography and Mediation (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag 2010), pp. 305-316.
“Fitzgerald and the Great Depression”, in Bryant Mangum, ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013, pp. 377-387. Chapter available online
“‘The Consummating Glimpse’: Dangling Man’s Treacherous Reality”, Modern Fiction Studies, 25 (1979), 139-148.
“Hugh MacDiarmid: A Bibliography of Criticism, 1924-1978”, Bulletin of Bibliography, 36 (1979), 91-8.
“Duncan Glen’s ‘My Faither’”, Akros, 17 (1983), 50.
“Deliverance and the Aesthetics of Survival”, American Literature, 56 (1984), 149-61.
“‘Above All, He Was Never Afraid’: Tribute to Norman Mailer”, Mailer Review, 2 (2008), 119-120.
“From Monroe to Picasso: Norman Mailer and the Life-Study”, Mailer Review 2 (2008), 348-363.
“The Blade and the Gambler: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Norman Mailer”. Mailer Review, 6 (2012), 117-128.
“The Currents and Oceans of Fame: Norman Mailer: A Double Life”. Mailer Review, 7 (2013), 377-383.
“Fly Boys and Angels: Mailer on the Moon”. Mailer Review, 9 (2015), 119-132.
“Mestizos”. In Richard Berengarten and Gideon Calder, eds. For Angus: Poems, Prose, Sketches and Music (Cambridge: Los Poetry Press, 2009), p.47.
Anthology in Scots, Gaelic and English, includes original pieces by ex-Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown and ex-Scottish First Minister Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MP, novelist Alasdair Gray, and poets Douglas Dunn, Fred D’Aguiar et al.