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Dominic Head

Professor of Modern English Literature, Faculty of Arts

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BA (Ulster) MA, PhD (Warwick)

Areas of expertise: twentieth-century English fiction; British fiction since 1950 (especially 1950-2000); the short story; rural and regional fiction; literature and environment; selected authors, including J. M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, and H. E. Bates; ecocriticism.

Professor Head has published widely in the areas of expertise identified above. His books include: The Modernist Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 1992); J. M. Coetzee (Cambridge University Press, 1997); The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2002); Ian McEwan (Manchester University Press, 2007); a Blackwell Manifesto, The State of the Novel: Britain and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008); and The Cambridge Introduction to J. M. Coetzee (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has also edited The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, third edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Professor Head is currently working on a book entitled Modernity and the Rural English Novel (contracted to Cambridge University Press), which is a re-evaluation of the English rural novel in the twentieth century, usually seen as an anachronism in relation to an increasingly metropolitan and transnational literary mainstream. This book will seek to show how the rural imagination, which had its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, was an important response to twentieth-century modernity, establishing a powerful mode of imagination which has influenced subsequent writers.

His other major work in progress (as editor) is The Cambridge History of the English Short Story, which aims to provide an exhaustive reappraisal of a neglected literary form.

Selected Publications

  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2008. The state of the novel: Britain and beyond Wiley-Blackwell.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2007. Ian McEwan Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, ed., 2006. The Cambridge guide to literature in English 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2002. The Cambridge introduction to modern British fiction, 1950-2000 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2017. Modernity and the English Rural Novel Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, ed., 2016. The Cambridge History of the English Short Story Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2015. Mapping Rural and Regional Identities. In: DAVID JAMES, ed., The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction Since 1945 Cambridge University Press. 13-27
  • HEAD, D., 2013. The politics of nostalgia in the rural English novel. In: PHILIPS, D. and SHAW, K., eds., Literary politics: the politics of literature and the literature of politics Palgrave Macmillan. 117-135
  • HEAD, D., 2013. Idiosyncrasy and currency: Ali Smith and the contemporary canon. In: GERMANÀ , M. and HORTON, E., eds., Ali Smith: contemporary critical perspectives Bloomsbury. 101-114
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2013. Regionalism and Modernity: the Case of Leo Walmsley. In: NEAL ALEXANDER and JAMES MORAN, eds., Regional Modernisms Edinburgh University Press. (In Press.)
  • HEAD, D., 2012. Novelistic complications of spaces and places: the four nations and regionalism. In: CASERIO, R.L. and HAWES, C., eds., The Cambridge history of the English novel Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, D., 2012. H.E. Bates, regionalism and late modernism. In: JAMES, D., ed., The legacies of modernism: historicising postwar and contemporary fiction Cambridge University Press. 40-52
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2010. ‘Writing Against the Nostalgic Grain: H. E. Bates in the 1950s’ Literature and History. 19(1), 4-15
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2009. The Cambridge Introduction to J. M. Coetzee Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2009. ‘On Chesil Beach: Another “Overrated” Novella?’. In: GROES, SEBASTIAN, ed., Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives Continuum. 115-22
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2008. The state of the novel: Britain and beyond Wiley-Blackwell.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2007. Ian McEwan Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2007. 'Forster and the Short Story'. In: BRADSHAW, DAVID, ed., The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster Cambridge University Press. 77-91
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, ed., 2006. The Cambridge guide to literature in English 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2006. A belief in frogs: J. M. Coetzee's enduring faith in fiction. In: POYNER, J., ed., J. M. Coetzee and the idea of the public intellectual Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 100-117
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2006. 'The Demise of Class Fiction'. In: ENGLISH, JAMES F., ed., A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction Blackwell. 229-47 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2006. 'Julian Barnes and a Case of English Identity'. In: TEW, PHILIP and MENGHAM, ROD, eds., British Fiction Today Continuum. 15-27 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2003. 'Stephen Blanchard'. In: MOLINO, MICHAEL R., ed., Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twenty-first Century British Novelists 267. Gale. 22-25 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2003. 'Zadie Smith's WHITE TEETH: Multiculturalism for the Millennium'. In: LANE, RICHARD, MENGHAM, ROD, AND TEW, PHILIP, ed., Contemporary British Fiction Polity. 106-19 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2003. 'Coetzee and the Animals: the Quest for Postcolonial Grace'. In: SMITH, ANDREW and HUGHES, WILLIAM, eds., Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre Palgrave. 229-44 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2002. The Cambridge introduction to modern British fiction, 1950-2000 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2002. 'Beyond 2000: Raymond Williams and the Ecocritic's Task'. In: PARHAM, JOHN, ed., The Environmental Tradition in English Literature Ashgate. 24-36 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2000. 'Ecocriticism and the Novel'. In: COUPE, LAURENCE, ed., The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism Routledge. 235-41 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 2000. 'Poisoned Minds: Suburbanites in Postwar British Fiction'. In: WEBSTER, ROGER, ed., Expanding Suburbia: Reviewing Suburban Narratives Berghahn. 71-89 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1998. 'Problems in Ecocriticism and the Novel' Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism. 1, 60-73 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1998. 'The (Im)Possibility of Ecocriticism'. In: KERRIDGE, RICHARD AND SAMMELLS, NEIL, ed., Writing the Environment: Ecocriticism and Literature Zed Books. 27-39 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1997. J. M. Coetzee Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1995. 'Ecocriticism: A New Critical Aesthetic?'. In: WYLIE, VIVIAN, ed., Taking Responsibility: Humanities and Social Sciences Pluto. 14-17 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1995. 'Gordimer's NONE TO ACCOMPANY ME: Revisionism and Interregnum' Research in African Literatures. 26(4), 46-57
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1994. Nadine Gordimer Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1992. The Modernist Short Story: A Study in Theory and Practice Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1990. 'Positive Isolation and Productive Ambiguity in Nadine Gordimer's Short Stories' Journal of the Short Story in English. 15, 17-30 (In Press.)
  • HEAD, DOMINIC, 1989. 'Expanding Circles: Inductive Composition in HEAR US O LORD FROM HEAVEN THY DWELLING PLACE'. In: VICE, SUE, ed., Malcolm Lowry: Eighty Years On Macmillan. 70-91 (In Press.)

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