I obtained my BA (hons) from Simon Fraser University, and my MA and PhD from Queen’s University at Kingston. I have been teaching at the University of Victoria since 2001. I was the President of the Modernist Studies Association through November 2016, and am past-president through August 2017. I have served as Director of the interdisciplinary graduate concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (through July 2008), Graduate Adviser in English (through December 2010), and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (July 2014-Dec 2015).
I like single-malt scotch and challenging books, books that keep you up at night. Oh, and I also curse in class — probably more than I really should. My classes are challenging, too — you may feel uncomfortable or even offended from time to time. And that’s as it should be.
My research concentrates on international literary modernism and critical theory.
I’ve completed a book manuscript on how post-war British novels think with and about youth culture: From Teddy Boys to Trainspotting. It’s under consideration with a press now, so with some luck it will see the light of day soon. I’m also just over half way done with a manuscript of Ghostmodernism, a book that treats how modernist novels use the rhetoric of spectrality to broach and work through some of the key preoccupations of late-twentieth-century theory: sex and sexuality, gender, subjectivity and identity, etc. If you’re an acquisitions editor and would like to read what I’ve got so far, please drop me a line!
I’ve also got a handful of articles in various states of completion forthcoming this year, and am co-editing the Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group with Derek Ryan (forthcoming from Bloomsbury).
I am General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism: a comprehensive scholarly and educational resource with entries on all aspects of modernism across the arts, a wide temporal period, and around the world. It is supplemented by the SSHRC-funded Linked Modernisms Project, which uses advanced RDF and Linked Open Data methods to created a faceted searching interface for the REM. An open-access resource, Linked Modernisms will put a huge amount of data concerning global modernism across the arts in the public domain, rendering it accessible to anyone with an interest in using it for scholarly purposes. The REM/Linked Modernisms went live in the late spring of 2016 — please visit them now and let me know what you think.
My most recent print publication is The Modernist World (co-edited with Allana C. Lindgren) for Routledge. This book presents 61 newly commissioned essays on modernist cultural production across the arts and around the world.
Finally, I am a co-founder and past director of the $2.2 million Modernist Versions Project, a digital humanities research project with activities devoted to generating data from modernist literary texts, devising novel methodologies for versioning texts that exist in multiple witnesses, developing tools for such work, and producing digital editions of modernist novels. The MVP received a Partnership Development Grant from SSHRC in 2012. The MVP is now under the superlative directorship of J. Matthew Huculak (as of summer 2016).
In the last couple of years I have co-edited (with Tara Thomson) two novels by Dorothy Richardson – Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel – for the Broadview Literary Texts Series. I have also edited Modernism and Theory (Routledge, 2009), and published a monograph on Joseph Conrad, Conrad and Empire (Missouri, 2004); as well as articles and reviews in Conradiana, Modern Fiction Studies, ARIEL, Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, Etudes britanniques contemporaines, and Cultural Critique.
Here’s my full CV if you are so inclined.