Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
201 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3363


My major research interests are modern American fiction, postwar British fiction and poetry, the English Romantic period, and theories of life-writing, editing and revision. I am happy to supervise postgraduate work (MA/PhD) in any of these fields.
My current research project is a biography of Saul Bellow. In addition to producing scholarly publications, I have reviewed widely, in the TLS, London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books.
Although born and raised in the United States, I have lived in Britain for over forty years, and have dual British and American citizenship. I was educated at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Harvard University. Before coming to Roehampton I taught at Harvard and at Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Downing Colleges, Cambridge. I have also taught at Caltech, the Universite Rennes 2, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. My undergraduate teaching has mostly been in the English Romantic period but I have also taught courses on Tragedy, Classical Greek Literature in Translation, Flaubert and Kafka, Shakespeare, Victorian and eighteenth-century writing, and Literature 1900-1955.
I am the recipient of Guggenheim, Leverhulme, British Academy, Society of Authors, Huntington Library, and Whiting Foundation fellowships and in 2007 I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. I have written or edited eleven books, one of which, The Life of Kingsley Amis, was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. In addition, I am General Editor of the Oxford History of Life-Writing, a seven-volume series published by OUP.  

Research outputs

  1. The Movement towards Englishness

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Against Cultural Nationalism Response

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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