My research and reading is mostly in nineteenth and twentieth century literature and history. My first book, Conrad and History (OUP, 2010), explores European and Latin American literary contexts for Joseph Conrad's writing. I have recently published work on the Marx Brothers, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, and Joseph Roth.
In addition to, and emerging from, ongoing work on Conrad, I am currently engaged in an exploration of the culture and idea of Argentina and Paraguay in English literature between 1850 and 1950. Beyond specific research projects, I am interested in French and Latin American language and literature, the writings of Herman Melville, travel, and the various intersections of literature and history.
I teach the following undergraduate courses: QQ402 Atrocity and Modernism; QQ413 The American West in Fiction and Film; QQ732 The Superfluous Man in 19th Century Literature; QQ631 Adaptations: Literature and Cinema; and QQ608 Twentieth Century Literature. I am also director of the MLitt in Literature, Culture and Place, on which I teach module QQ956 Travelin’ Blues: Literature, Politics and Displacement.
- Ilkley Literature Festival
- Annual Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society UK, July 2017
- Latin American Literary Studies Association
- Association for Scottish Literary Studies 2015
- Annual Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society UK
- Higher Education Academy (External organisation)
more professional activities
- The Culture and Politics of Paraguay in the Writings of R.B. Cunninghame Graham.
- Niland, Richard (Principal Investigator)
- Period 01-Dec-2015 - 30-Nov-2016
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