After jobs in publishing in London, I started as an editor at the OU in 1974, working on Level 1 and History and Art History courses. I joined the Arts Faculty in 2005, leading on innovation in teaching before becoming Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in 2006. I retired in 2014.
2011 PhD, Birkbeck College, London
Representations of masculinity in American fiction from 1940 to the early 1950s
1998 MA Modern Literatures in English, Birkbeck College, London
1971 MA Contemporary International Relations, New University of Ulster
1970 BA Hons Modern History, Brasenose College, Oxford University
The focus of my research has been on mid-twentieth-century American fiction and the representation of masculinity. This was the subject of my PhD and an adaptation of this will be published in May 2020 by Edinburgh University Press as Anxious Men: Masculinity in American fiction of the mid-Twentieth Century.
Review of Maggie McKinley, Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 in Culture, Society & Masculinities, 2016.
Review of Post-World War II Masculinities in British and American Literature and Cultures. Stefan Horlacher and Kevin Floyd (eds) in Contemporary Women’s Writing, 8:3, 2014, 430–31.
‘"A certain ill-defined disgrace": masculinity and sexuality in Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach’, English Review, 2011.
'“The orgasm of a frigidaire”: Male sexuality and the female Other in post-World War II American fiction.' Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives. Heather Ellis and Jessica Meyer (eds). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, 138–62.
‘“None of that David Copperfield crap.” The Catcher in the Rye.’ The English Review. 19: 2, 2008, 21–3.
'Digressing from the point: Holden Caulfield's women' in Sarah Graham. J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. London: Routledge, 2007, 109–118.
White masculinity and Hispanic ‘Others’ in Dorothy B Hughes’s Ride the Pink Horseand Edna Ferber’s Giant, British Association for American Studies, Belfast, 7–9 April 2016.
Murder and masculinity in Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me and Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley. Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards, British Association for American Studies, Newcastle upon Tyne, 9–12 April 2015.
‘How should a good man live?’: Jewish-American masculinity in Saul Bellow’s early fiction. In Search of “Man-Making Words”: Masculinities, Citizenship and the Nation: 1750 – 1945, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2 August 2013.
My initial experience of OU teaching was as an editor, working closely with authors and course teams in the development of printed teaching materials. Subsequently, as Associate Dean, I was involved in the development of teaching and assessment policy at Faculty and University levels. I was a member of the AA100 module development team, writing on Bhaji on the Beach. I have tutored AA100 The Arts Past and Present and the online module A172 Start Writing Essays, and have also worked extensively at residential schools.