Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
202 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3293

Mobile: +44 (0)7980 008 360


I have published widely in the areas of addiction studies: particularly alcoholism and drug addiction. I am currently writing a book entitled `Savage Usury: addiction narratives on the cusp of the millennium'. My other research interests include: Literature and Sport, Utopian and Dystopian Literature, nineteenth and twentieth-century American Literature, Stand-Up Comedy, and Pedogogy. I am very interested in the connection between Stand-Up Comedy and teaching, and have published several articles in Education Journals on this subject.

I am currently supervising three Ph.D students in the following areas: `Life After God: Aspects of the Eschaton in the Fiction of Alasdair Gray, J.G. Ballard and Douglas Coupland' ; 'Literary experimentation as world-making practice; Belahg: An experimental novel' ; 'Prosthetic Minds: Representations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction'

Previous Ph.D Supervision

2007-2011 Completed:PhD: '"Irrational Doorways": Beat Generation Religion and Spirituality and theAmerican Religious Tradition'

2007-2010 Completed:PhD: 'Geoffrey H. Hartman and the Challenge of Postmodern Literature'

2004 -2009 Completed: Ph.D: 'The Sublime and the Ridiculous: The Changes and Continuities of Humour in Junior Fiction and Poety in Britain, 1960-Present Day'

2003-2007 Completed: Ph.D: `Sino-American Literature and the Diaspora'

1997-2005 Completed: Ph.D: `Images of Suburbia in Post-War America and England'

1997-2000 Completed: Ph.D: `Brian Moore and Catholicism'

1994-2000 Completed: M.Phil. `Michael Moorcock and the Fiction of the Fantastic'

1995-1998 Completed: Ph.D: `Violence and the Contemporary Cinema'

Other Expertise:
I am a stand-up comedian of considerable experience on the alternative comedy circuit. I am co-promoter of Laughing Horse Comedy.

I have convened workshops linking the performance of stand-up comedy and teaching in HE to academic staff and staff developers at the following Universities: Leicester De Montfort; Roehampton University; College for the Creative Arts, Rochester; University of Bedfordshire, Birmingham University, Leeds Metropolitan University, York St. John's University, University College, London; University of Surrey, Liverpool University, Leicester University, Leicester College, Royal Holloway College, University of London and Ljubljana University, Slovenia.


2009 Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

2007 Received a `Life Changer's' Award from the University and College Union, in the category of `Inspiring Students'

2006, 2007 Roehampton University nominated me for a National Teaching Fellowship

2005 Awarded Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, Roehampton University


1982-1985 Bachelor of Arts degree with first class honours in English from Westfield College, University of London

1985-1986 Master of Arts degree with a mark of distinction in English Language and Literature After 1525, from Queen Mary College, University of London

1986-1990 Ph.D. from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

Research interests

Research/teaching specialisms:
  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature
  • Addiction in literature
  • Dystopian and Utopian literature

Professional affiliations

The Higher Education Academy

Consultancy work

2006 Appointed External Advisor for Chichester University's English Unit of Assessment for RAE 2008

2000 Academic Co-ordinator of Literature and Performance Comedy modules for WebUni Creative Industries

1998 Referee for Body & Society

1992-2003 Manuscripts (Fiction) Reader for Radala and Company, Literary Agents, Finchley Road, London


My teaching over the last five years has included nineteenth and twentieth-century American Literature, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama, Detective Fiction, Modernism and English Fiction, and I devised and taught the following courses: Twentieth-century Dystopian Fiction, The Literature of Addiction, and The History, Theory and Performance of Stand-Up Comedy.


Research outputs

  1. Introduction of 25,000 words to `Savage Usury'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Prostitution (male and female) and addiction to alcohol and drugs.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. The rehabilitation clinic pre World War II

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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